StudyGotchi: Tamagotchi-like game-mechanics to motivate students during a programming course

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Abstract

Motivating students to actively engage in their studying efforts is an ongoing challenge, because motivation is a key factor in study success. In the work presented here, we investigate whether the use of a mobile app with a teacher-like avatar (StudyGotchi), based on the successful digital pet Tamagotchi, can be deployed to motivate and engage computer science university students in their blended learning programming course. A randomized controlled study was performed which showed mixed results. Lessons learned include (i) better understanding of how to effectively implement the game-mechanics, and (ii) ways to circumvent technical limitations in usage.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransforming learning with meaningful technologies
Subtitle of host publication14th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, EC-TEL 2019 Delft, The Netherlands, September 16–19, 2019 : Proceedings
EditorsMaren Scheffel, Julien Broisin, Viktoria Pammer-Schindler, Andri Ioannou, Jan Schneider
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer
Pages622-625
ISBN (Electronic)9783030297367
ISBN (Print)9783030297350
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event14th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning - Delft, Netherlands
Duration: 16 Sep 201919 Sep 2019

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
PublisherSpringer

Conference

Conference14th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning
Abbreviated titleEC-TEL 2019
CountryNetherlands
CityDelft
Period16/09/1919/09/19

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