Visualisation and gamification of e-learning - attitudes among course participants
2015 (English)In: Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on e-Learning Nassau the Bahamas / [ed] Carlton Watson, Reading: Academic Conferences Publishing, 2015, 227-234 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Courses in virtual learning environments can leave recently enrolled participants in a state of loneliness (Brown, 1996), confusion (Hara & Kling, 2000) and boredom (Huang, 2002). What course content is essential in the course, where can more information be found and which assignments are mandatory? Research has stated that learner control (Chou & Liu, 2005) and motivation (Keller & Suzuki, 2004) are crucial issues for successful online education. This paper presents and discusses visualisation as a channel to improve learner control, and gamification as a way to increase study motivation in virtual learning environments. Data has been collected by evaluation questionnaires and group discussions in two courses partly given in the Moodle virtual learning environment. One course is on Game based learning for Bachelor’s programmes, the other is a course on e-learning for university teachers. Both the courses have used progress bars to visualise students study path and digital badges for gamification. Results have also been discussed with teachers and pedagogues at a department for computer and systems sciences. Findings indicate that visualisation by progress bars is a good way to improve course participants’ overview in online environments with rich and multifaceted content. To what degree the visualisation facilitates the course completion is hard to estimate, and like students have different learning styles, they also seem to have different visualisation needs. Gamification by digital badges seems to have various motivational impacts in different study groups and in traditional university programmes the traditional grades seem to be the main carrots.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Reading: Academic Conferences Publishing, 2015. 227-234 p.
Visualisation, Gamification, Virtual learning environments, E-learning, Blended learning
Research subject Computer and Systems Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-119923ISBN: 978-1-910810-26-2OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-119923DiVA: diva2:868532
10th International Conference on e-Learning ICEL2015, College of the Bahamas, Nassau, The Bahamas 25 26 juni, 2015