Gamification in a learning resource for the study of Human Computer Interaction

Dawn Carmichael*, Claire MacEachen, Jacqueline Archibald

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Human Computer Interaction (HCI) is increasing in relevance as it, in part, concerns the design of digital interfaces such as downloadable apps. Despite the importance of the subject area students frequently find the topic boring, dry and overly theoretical. In order to address this apparent lack of student interest, a gamified learning resource for a HCI module in the second year of University was created. A literature review into the HCI educational requirements was conducted and used to inform the design. A further analysis of the literature on dialogic feedback, simulations and gamification features was conducted and key features were matched to the educational requirements. The resultant gamified learning resource, dubbed the “work simulation”, was evaluated first by a two cohort comparison for module lecture attendance and exam attainment. The results of the first phase of the evaluation showed a statistically significant improvement in both attendance and attainment for the cohort experiencing the “work simulation”. A further evaluation was carried out by means of interviews with students, which suggested that dialogic feedback and the game narrative/fiction, in particular, were useful.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntelligent computing
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of the 2021 Computing conference
EditorsKohei Arai
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9783030801199
ISBN (Print)9783030801182
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jul 2021
EventComputing Conference 2021 - Virtual, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 15 Jul 202116 Jul 2021
Conference number: 8th

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Networks and Systems (LNNS)
ISSN (Print)2367-3370
ISSN (Electronic)2367-3389


ConferenceComputing Conference 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • Educational technology
  • Gamification
  • Human computer interactions


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