Novel Approach to Learn to Code Using Gamification
18 Pages Posted: 19 Aug 2020
Date Written: July 17, 2020
How can you engage and motivate students to learn to code in a more meaningful way to achieve better academic performance? We conducted an experimental study to propose a novel approach to learn to code through a gamified online system by creating meaningful interactions. Through the quantitative data collected in two countries with 159 students (experimental and control group) that was supported by interviews with 20 students, we found the student’s performance is significantly improved in the experimental condition, but also that failure rates are much lower. We also identified a curvilinear relationship between mentorship support and the learning process. Our findings offer new insights on the importance of creating an environment that provides and drives engagement and motivation to support the learning experience. It is clear that motivation drives learning and learning is achieved only if it is really meaningful.
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