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Birkbeck Knowledge Lab seminar: Gamifying online learning in Moodle

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Student engagement is considered as a key contributing factor for effective online learning- a factor directly related to students’ academic performance. Lately, gamification strategies have been explored as a way to enhance students’ motivation to use learning environments and address issues of low engagement. In this talk, the design principles of a gamification framework for promoting students’ cognitive engagement and cultivating a sense of Community of Inquiry throughout an online course are presented. Also, the consequences for online course design in Moodle are discussed. A focus of this work is the use of gamification, and particularly the social award approach, as a way of empowering learner communities. With the aim to promote collaborative work & individual involvement, various types of individual & social rewards are provided, reflecting the quality of students’ discourse input and the level of interaction among the members of the community, based on Social Network Analysis-SNA. We also explore how SNA metrics can be used to automate the rewarding process by assessing the development of a community. Such a mechanism can enhance the design of adaptive and intelligent systems enabling the development of online learning communities. Moodle affordances and limitations for delivering gamification enhanced courses will be also discussed.

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  • Kyparissia Papanikolaou -

    Kyparissia Papanikolaou is Professor of e-learning at the School of Pedagogical and Technological Education, Athens, Greece, and Director of the Advanced Technologies for e-Learning Design Lab. Her research interests involve learning design, adaptive & intelligent learning environments, technology enhanced learning, teacher education and ICT. She has participated in the development of open educational resources for engineering education and web-based educational systems, like PeerLAND (Peer Assessment of LeArNing Designs) and INSPIREus (INtelligent System for Personalised Instruction in a Remote Environment for us). Since 2014, she co-organises the track “Adaptive and Personalized Technology-Enhanced Learning (APTeL)” at the IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies (ICALT).