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Completion equals competence? : Using gamification elements to improve teachers’ attitude towards gamification and increase the effectiveness of online learning

Xu, J (2021) Completion equals competence? : Using gamification elements to improve teachers’ attitude towards gamification and increase the effectiveness of online learning.

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Abstract:Online education has widely spread during the COVID-19 pandemic. On top of distractions that the pandemic may have on one’s learning, without good design considerations, it is difficult to engage and motivate learners in the digital environment. Gamification has been found to be a promising method to help learners maintain attention and motivation during learning. However, ample teachers still hold low belief in the effectiveness of gamification. Therefore, changing teachers’ attitudes towards gamification is an urgent matter to solve. This study involves the use of specific game elements to increase learner motivation as well as attitude towards gamification. These game elements were implemented in a teachers’ training program. The two game elements included were a ring-shaped result bar and badges. This study focuses on the effects of these two combined game elements in improving teachers’ attitude towards gamification, teachers’ learning outcome, as well as motivation to reattempt each training level. Teachers were randomly assigned into two groups: a group with training content with the two game elements and another group with training content without the two game elements. Results showed that the two game elements improved teachers’ attitude towards gamification as well as their motivation in completing the training program. Due to ceiling effect, however, this study was not able to statistically conclude whether teachers’ knowledge acquisition changed. This study provides empirical support for the use of the two game elements to improve learner motivation as well as attitudes towards gamification.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:81 education, teaching
Programme:Educational Science and Technology MSc (60023)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/88233
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