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Gamification and Smart Feedback: Experiences with a Primary School Level Math App

Gamification and Smart Feedback: Experiences with a Primary School Level Math App
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Author(s): Michael D. Kickmeier-Rust (Graz University of Technology, Austria), Eva C. Hillemann (Graz University of Technology, Austria) and Dietrich Albert (Graz University of Technology, Austria)
Copyright: 2015
Pages: 13
Source title: Gamification: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8200-9.ch048

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Abstract

Gamification is a recent trend in the field of game-based learning that accounts for development effort, costs, and effectiveness concerns of games. Another trend in educational technology is learning analytics and formative feedback. In the context of a European project the developed a light weight tool for learning and practicing divisions named Sonic Divider. This simple app is based on features of gamification. More importantly, it features formative assessment and feedback functions based on Competence-based Knowledge Space Theory. The authors applied and evaluated the tool in Austrian classrooms and found some evidence for the motivational aspect of the gamification elements, in particular scoring. They also found positive effects of an individualized and meaningful feedback about errors. Finally, there occurred certain gender difference, for example, girls were much less attracted by competition elements (e.g., by comparing high scores) then boys, however, more attentive towards feedback coming from the tool.

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