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ERIC Number: EJ1151720
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Sep
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1545-679X
Coin Counter: Gamification for Classroom Management
Carlson, John; Harris, Ranida; Harris, Ken
Information Systems Education Journal, v15 n5 p4-14 Sep 2017
In recent years, gamification has been utilized in a number of different contexts, including educational applications. This paper describes a unique application of coin-based gamification classroom management system in undergraduate programming classes. The coin-based gamification allowed students to earn and spend coins as a form of classroom currency. Students earned coins for certain desired behaviors, which were above and beyond normal behaviors, and were able to spend the coins for things like an assignment or take-home exam due date extension. Survey based results were collected from 104 students and the results indicated that the gamification classroom management system was positively associated with classroom enjoyment, student participation, class strategy, perceived control, and classroom performance. Although the gamification classroom management system was related to desired outcomes, there were some negative outcomes, most notably the additional burden on the instructor that we highlight. A discussion, future pedagogical research thoughts, and recommendations for system improvements are provided.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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