The impact of using self-learning platforms on students' performance and motivating them to learn mathematics in Cycle/3 schools in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
ALNUSAIRAT, RAED HAMAD
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The United Arab Emirates has worked for several years to consolidate the concept of self-learning among school students. The Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Emirates Schools Establishment (ESE) have provided schools with educational platforms based on artificial intelligence, giving students a greater opportunity for self-learning and making them more self-reliant. Alef Education platform started working in government schools in 2016 and is now considered the most important educational platform in schools because of the support it provides to students to develop their performance. This mixed study aims to identify the impact of self-learning platforms on students' performance and motivation towards learning mathematics in cycle/3 schools in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The study targeted 1042 students of both sexes from the Grade/10 and Grade/12 in its advanced and general streams belonging to four secondary schools in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and 40 mathematics teachers from the same schools. 285 students and 19 teachers responded. The current study revealed the important role of using self-learning platforms in improving students' performance in mathematics and motivating them to learn it. Analysis of students' responses indicated a relatively large influence of the role of self-learning; That is 79.8%. The impact of using these platforms varies with the level of students. Teacher and student responses were significantly correlated. Educators suggested updating the existing platforms to more interactive platforms with simpler and gradual curricula that are compatible with all levels of students and various assessment tools to improve student performance and motivation in mathematics, in addition to using only one platform to avoid student distraction. This study will provide an opportunity for education decision-makers in the United Arab Emirates to develop a system of self-learning platforms to become more sophisticated and effective in improving students' learning opportunities in the future. On the other hand, this study opened the door for future researchers to expand the scope of research on these platforms to include other subjects such as languages and sciences.