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ERIC Number: ED593834
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
A Model for Using Activity Theory in Education Design: A Gamification Example
Oberprieler, Kerstin; Leonard, Simon N.
Australian Association for Research in Education, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) (Freemantle, Western Australia, Nov 29-Dec 3, 2015)
This paper argues that the emergence of design thinking and design-research provide a renewed opportunity for expansive learning, and proposes a model for educational design using concepts drawn from Activity Theory, Ecological Cognition, and other systems-based understandings of learning. The model is argued in the context of a design project involving the "gamification" of workplace learning. The use of games and game mechanics has become a popular approach to workplace learning due to the apparent capacity of the approach to increase collaborative problem solving and "user" buy-in. This paper, however, discusses a workplace learning game that, in prototype, has lead to significant transformation or workplace practice, particularly in relation to information and knowledge sharing within the company. Through a design-research process, we use the proposed model to examine the game and identify its successful features. The paper concludes with a discussion of how the model can inform understandings of the value created through learning in workplaces and other settings.
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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