Title: Development and evaluation of game-based learning system for supporting entity relationship diagramming skills

Authors: Ayman Al-Dmour

Addresses: Department of Computer Information Systems, Al-Hussein Bin Talal University, Ma'an Governorate, 71111, Jordan

Abstract: Educational experts are trying to connect learning strategies with computer games that students are familiar with. This paper introduces a comprehensive work for designing, developing and evaluation of an educational computer game that supports the learner in acquiring the skills necessary to construct entity relationship diagram (ERD). This topic is essential in the teaching and learning of database design course. This study also, takes advantage of registering player behaviour from a player's interaction history, while they are playing the game. Learner behaviour is important to improve both the game-based and traditional in class teaching in the future. Finally, to investigate the effect of the developed game-based learning (GBL) system on students' motivation and achievement, ARCS motivation model (attention, relevance, confidence and satisfaction) and the pre-/post tests are employed. After implementation of these measures, results showed that GBL system outperformed traditional in-class learning system in terms of students' achievement and motivation.

Keywords: ERD; entity relationship diagram; game-based environment; ARCS motivation model.

DOI: 10.1504/IJKL.2016.10005784

International Journal of Knowledge and Learning, 2016 Vol.11 No.4, pp.248 - 263

Received: 25 Nov 2015
Accepted: 20 Apr 2016

Published online: 20 Jun 2017 *

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