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Fostering Engagement with Gamification: Review of Current Practices on Online Learning Platforms

37 Pages Posted: 24 Nov 2015  

Anna Hansch

Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society

Christopher Newman

Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society

Thomas Schildhauer

Berlin University of the Arts; Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society

Date Written: November 23, 2015

Abstract

Student engagement is an important component of every learning process. Platforms offering Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and other online learning formats are looking for new ways to improve participation. One approach to foster greater user engagement that has recently risen to prominence in many fields is gamification. In this explorative study, we examine the motivational potential of gamification in online learning. After a review of the dynamic academic debates surrounding this relatively young field, we also try to shed some light on how practitioners are approaching gamification. Through an in-depth analysis of four platforms, we provide a survey of how experts are thinking about the design and implementation of gamification in online learning environments.

Keywords: Gamification, MOOC, online learning, engagement, participation, gamification design

Suggested Citation

Hansch, Anna and Newman, Christopher and Schildhauer, Thomas, Fostering Engagement with Gamification: Review of Current Practices on Online Learning Platforms (November 23, 2015). HIIG Discussion Paper Series No. 2015-04. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2694736 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2694736

Anna Hansch (Contact Author)

Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society ( email )

Bebelplatz 1 | 10099
Berlin
Germany

Christopher Newman

Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society ( email )

Bebelplatz 1 | 10099
Berlin
Germany

Thomas Schildhauer

Berlin University of the Arts ( email )

10623 Berlin - Charlottenburg
Germany

Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society ( email )

Bebelplatz 1 | 10099
Berlin
Germany

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