Examining Student Motivation to Use a Gamified System in an Immunology and Immunization Training Course

  • Connie S. Barber School of Business, Department of Computer Management Information Systems
  • Konstantina Stavroulaki School of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Catherine D. Santanello School of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences; Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Keywords: gamification, gaming, Immunology, student engagement, Classcraft®

Abstract

Background: Gamification is the process of adding game elements into classroom activities to encourage student participation and motivation. Classcraft® is a gamified learning system designed to integrate easily with normal classroom activities and to enhance collaboration and teamwork.

Educational activity and setting: This study explored the use of the Classcraft® system in an Immunology and Immunization Training course, specifically examining students’ motivation to use the system and potential impacts on their motivation. 

Findings: Results showed that value and enjoyment motivated students to use Classcraft®. Furthermore, the ease of use of the system positively impacted students’ enjoyment of the system. Students’ choice regarding how much they were required to engage with the system positively impacted the value and enjoyment that they experienced with the system.

Summary: Students’ demonstrated motivation to use Classcraft® provides a foundation for further research into the use of gamified learning systems within pharmacy classrooms. Research is needed to understand if use of a gamified learning system positively impacts learning outcomes.

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Original Research

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Author Biography

Catherine D. Santanello, School of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences; Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

 

 

Dates
Received 2020-06-02
Accepted 2020-08-15
Published 2020-11-18
Section
Education