From Simulation & Gaming
Many learning environments are quickly deserted by learners, even if they are efficient. Gamification of learning environments is a recent approach used to enhance learners’ motivation and participation. In this article, authors are interested in gamification in order to address learners’ motivation problems as it related to learning environment. Researchers developed three gaming features and tested the adaptation process with 59 middle school students. This quasi-experimental study was designed to find out whether the proposed adaptation and profiling strategy can increase learners’ motivation.
Background. Many learning environments are quickly deserted by learners, even if they are efficient. Gamification of learning environments is a recent approach used to enhance learners’ motivation and participation.
Aim. People have various expectations and react differently faced with specific game mechanics. An important goal lies in automatically adapting game mechanics according to player types. In this article, we study the gaming features that can be adapted in learning environments and the player model that can be used for the adaptation process. We propose an approach that aims to predict to which game mechanics a user is responsive, and to adapt the gaming features of the system according to this information.
Methodology. An implementation was released, and evaluated through a quasi-experimental study with 59 middle school students, each one using the learning environment during three 45-minutes sessions.
Results. The results validate the implementation of the system and show that the users’ activity can help to predict their profile. The adaptation process did not improve learners’ engagement as expected, but it shows a path for future research toward an adaptive approach for learning environment gamification.
Adaptation of Gaming Features for Motivating Learners
Baptiste Monterrat, Élise Lavoué, Sébastien George
First Published June 30, 2017
Simulation & Gaming