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Gamification of habit forming in Distance Education

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  • Bachelor
Status Running
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Recent developments show a rise in popularity of Learning Management Systems in an increasingly digital teaching enviroment. However, students can encounter difficulties with sustained motivation without extrinsic influences like communicating with peers. The application of gamification principles to the digital learning process provides motivating factors for students to aid their learning process. Participation in educational courses is a process often spanning many weeks, so a habit-based approach to learning seems prudent.

In our currently running project MILKI-PSY, we focus on multimodal immersive mentoring to facilitate Self Regulated Learning (SRL). To support mentors with the tools they need to provide adaptive and personalized tutoring, a set of learning services was developed and is currently under development. These services utilize our flagship peer-to-peer community platform las2peer.

At our chair, a Learning Management System (LMS, e.g. Moodle) is used to facilitate administration, delivery and tracking of educational courses. Recent developments in technology enhanced learning (TEL) saw a rise in popularity of Distance Education (DE), which is characterized by the intense use of communication technologies and information systems to facilitate SRL . One of the fundamental aspects of SRL is the motivation of students to participate in the learning experience and continue working on the course goals.

The goal of this thesis is to build an extrinsic motivation mechanism via a gamification system to aid students in forming the habit of solving in-class excercises by recomending context-specific actions.

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If you are interested in this thesis, a related topic or have additional questions, please do not hesitate to send a message to slupczynski@dbis.rwth-aachen.de

Prerequisites

Must: Java, Databases
Beneficial: Web development or design (HTML5, JS, frameworks)

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