Title: Evaluating the effectiveness of a game-based learning approach in modifying students' behavioural outcomes and competence, in an introductory programming course. A case study in Greece

Authors: Stamatios Papadakis; Michail Kalogiannakis

Addresses: Department of Preschool Education, Faculty of Education, University of Crete, Crete, Greece ' Department of Preschool Education, Faculty of Education, University of Crete, Crete, Greece

Abstract: The usage of computer science (CS) is becoming much more prevalent in society today. But as CS education expands, teachers of CS are challenged to help students develop accurate understandings. Researchers have documented several difficulties faced by learners of basic programming concepts. On the contrary, new pedagogies make use of technologies to go further, to open up new possibilities. Especially, in today's digital generation gamification has become a popular tactic to encourage specific behaviours and increase motivation and engagement. There are platforms that enable educators to use gaming technology to develop learning environments for students. Classcraft is one of the many examples of how technology can be used in the classroom to engage students and facilitate exciting, engaging and interesting lessons. The results presented in this study suggest that students' engagement and attitudes toward programming have been positively affected. On the contrary, students' academic performance was not affected at a statistically significant level.

Keywords: classcraft; gamification; novice programmers; motivation; learning gains.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTCS.2019.102760

International Journal of Teaching and Case Studies, 2019 Vol.10 No.3, pp.235 - 250

Received: 16 Mar 2019
Accepted: 10 Apr 2019

Published online: 01 Oct 2019 *

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