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ERIC Number: EJ1060246
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jun
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1042-1629
A Critical Review of Digital Storyline-Enhanced Learning
Novak, Elena
Educational Technology Research and Development, v63 n3 p431-453 Jun 2015
Storyline is one of the major motivators that lead people to play video games. However, little empirical evidence exists on the instructional effectiveness of integrating a storyline into digital learning materials. This systematic literature review presents current empirical findings on the effects of a storyline game design element for human learning and performance that were analyzed using a multidimensional approach for classifying storyline outcomes and impacts. Specifically, it addresses two key questions: (a) What types of storyline were empirically examined? and (b) What are the unique affordances of digital storyline-enhanced learning? Only eleven studies that assessed the relative effectiveness of digital story-based interventions as compared to a non-story-based method were found. These findings present mixed results for storyline-related instructional effectiveness and suggest directions for future investigations and also practical guidance for designing effective story-based digital learning environments.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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