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The Gamification of Physics Education: A Controlled Study of the Effect on Motivation on First Year Life Sciences Students

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dc.contributor.advisor Williams, Martin Rose, Jordan 2015-09-09T18:10:39Z 2015-09-09T18:10:39Z 2015-09 2015-09-08 2015-09-09
dc.description.abstract This work evaluated the potential of the gamification of on-line undergraduate physics content as a mechanism to enhance student learning and improve motivation. The main objective of the study was to determine whether extrinsic motivation indicators commonly used in video games are predictive of academic success. Life Science students taking an introductory physics course were tested using gamified multiple choice quizzes against a control group. Gamified quiz scores, motivation, engagement, attitudinal data and final grades were compared using standard statistical techniques. Student motivation was quantified through student participation beyond the requirements of the course. The results showed that gaming techniques were significantly correlated to student motivation and engagement outside of the classroom. However, no significant improvement of course grades was expected or found due to the design of the study. The attitudinal survey data demonstrated a strong correlation between student’s attitudes to the quizzes and their group placement. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Boom Digital Media Group en_US
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dc.subject Gamification en_US
dc.subject Game-based Learning en_US
dc.subject Physics Education Research en_US
dc.subject Controlled Study en_US
dc.subject Motivation en_US
dc.subject Higher Education Learning en_US
dc.title The Gamification of Physics Education: A Controlled Study of the Effect on Motivation on First Year Life Sciences Students en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Physics en_US Master of Science en_US Department of Physics en_US
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