Gamification in science education: gamifying learning of microscopic processes in the laboratory

Fleischmann, Katja, and Ariel, Ellen (2016) Gamification in science education: gamifying learning of microscopic processes in the laboratory. Contemporary Educational Technology, 7 (2). pp. 138-159.

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Abstract

Understanding and trouble-shooting microscopic processes involved in laboratory tests are often challenging for students in science education because of the inability to visualize the different steps and the various errors that may influence test outcome. The effectiveness of gamification or the use of game design elements and game-mechanics were explored in a year-long research project which saw the development of a web based learning tool that visualized Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assays (ELISAs) in a digital laboratory. A cohort of 30 students from the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science trialed the first prototype and provided feedback in a survey on their learning experience and the extent to which the learning tool enhanced their learning. This article provides additional insights into likely future trends of substituting traditional learning modes such as lecture and practical laboratory classes with gamified content.

Item ID: 45184
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: gamification; game-based learning; higher education; science education
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ISSN: 1309-517X
Funders: James Cook University (JCU)
Projects and Grants: JCU Teaching and Learning Development Grant 2012
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2016 00:21
FoR Codes: 19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1902 Film, Television and Digital Media > 190202 Computer Gaming and Animation @ 50%
13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy @ 50%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education @ 30%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design @ 40%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences @ 30%
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