Constructing Seamless Learning Through Game-Based Learning Experiences

Stefan, Ioana A., Gheorghe, Ancuta Florentina, Stefan, Antoniu, Piki, Andriani orcid iconORCID: 0000-0003-0376-1713, Tsalapata, Hariklia and Heidmann, Olivier (2022) Constructing Seamless Learning Through Game-Based Learning Experiences. International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning, 14 (4). pp. 1-12. ISSN 1941-8647

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The aim of this paper is to explore how game-based experiences can be leveraged through mobile technology to activate learner engagement and achieve a seamless connection between formal and informal learning. The paper presents a game authoring tool that enables educators to create mobile gamified lesson paths drawing on the concept of atomic learning. Preliminary evaluation revealed three main findings. First, mobile games can enable the seamless fusion of informal learning experiences with formal learning objectives. Second, constructing learning units which are readily accessible and reusable within game-based tools, requires learning content with high granularity. Third, successful gamified learning experiences depend on a blend of personalised challenges, customised rewards and assessment units, multimedia leaning content, and intriguing game narratives. Drawing on these nascent findings we identify key challenges and provide suggestions for future research and development into game-based learning.

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