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Potential and limits of game-based learning

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posted on 26.01.2021, 09:59 by Simon Greipl, Korbinian MoellerKorbinian Moeller, Manuel Ninaus
Because educational games increasingly find their way into the classroom, we aim at outlining potentials but also limitations of game-based learning. First, we compile widely acknowledged benefits, like the ability of learning games to engage and meet the learner's situation. Moreover, we argue that the reduced use of games for learning in higher education does not seem warranted. We propose a three-dimensional framework that highlights the potential of adaptive game-based learning to catalyse the learning process by addressing cognitive, emotional and social factors of the learner and characteristics of the respective learning environment. We emphasise mandatory considerations like the inability of 'serious games' to replace but complement and enhance traditional educational approaches as well as the misunderstanding that the current generation has a 'native' understanding of technology. With adequate resources, theoretical frameworks, interdisciplinary competencies and clear goals, one can realise effective game-based learning that meets the requirements of modern education.

Funding

Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus “Cognitive Interfaces” (MWK-WCT TP12

Leibniz-Competition Fund (SAW-2016-IWM-3)

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School

  • Science

Department

  • Mathematics Education Centre

Published in

International Journal of Technology Enhanced Learning

Volume

12

Issue

4

Pages

363 - 389

Publisher

Inderscience

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Inderscience

Publisher statement

This paper was accepted for publication in the journal International Journal of Technology Enhanced Learning and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1504/IJTEL.2020.110047.

Acceptance date

04/06/2019

Publication date

2020-04-10

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

1753-5255

eISSN

1753-5263

Language

en

Depositor

Prof Korbinian Moeller. Deposit date: 21 January 2021

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