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Testing the effectiveness of game-based learning for adults by designing an educational game : A design and research study to investigate the effectiveness of educational games for adults to learn basic skills of Microsoft Excel

Wesselink, L.A. (2021) Testing the effectiveness of game-based learning for adults by designing an educational game : A design and research study to investigate the effectiveness of educational games for adults to learn basic skills of Microsoft Excel.

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Abstract:Game-based learning (GBL) has become more popular in education. Research shows that it yields higher learning gains and provokes more motivation than traditional education. However, most of this research is focused on students or children. Proper research into and development of GBL for adults is desired. In this study an educational game about Microsoft Excel was developed using the ADDIE-model, supported by an extensive literature study. This game was compared to the control condition using traditional education. Participants (n=62) were adults and they had to complete a pretest about Microsoft Excel skills and a prequestionnaire about motivation to learn, followed by one of the two types of education and finally complete a posttest and a postquestionnaire. The findings in this research indicate that playing an educational game leads to learning and yields higher learning gains than traditional education. Against expectations, playing an educational game does not lead to an increase in motivation to learn. However, the perspective of adults on learning with an educational game regarding their motivation to learn is positive. Recommendations for further research include advice regarding the design of the game and the target group. The final conclusion is that GBL is effective to use with adults.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:79 andragology, 81 education, teaching
Programme:Educational Science and Technology MSc (60023)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/88229
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