Games-based Techniques and Collaborative Learning Between Arts Students in Higher Education

Comley, Stephanie (2020) Games-based Techniques and Collaborative Learning Between Arts Students in Higher Education. Doctoral thesis, University of the Arts London, Falmouth University.

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Abstract / Summary

‘Games-based techniques and collaborative learning between arts students in
higher education’
This thesis investigates how implementing game-based techniques delivered
through digital resources can impact collaborative learning between arts
students in higher education. Research into games-based learning has paid little
attention to its use in the Creative Arts: STEM subjects or vocational training
are often the main areas in which games-based techniques and serious games
are implemented. There is compelling evidence collected from the fields of
collaborative learning theories, educational technology and games research to
suggest that games-based learning could be used to enhance collaboration
between arts students. The phrase games-based learning within this thesis
refers to the creation of an activity that utilises game mechanics to engage
students, encompassing learning content and an activity that has a learning
This study examines the characterization of game mechanics, identifying which
mechanics could benefit specific skills required to meet learning outcomes for
enhancing and facilitating collaboration in the arts. Leadership, decisionmaking, communication, and creating a feeling of positive interdependence are
traditional skills commonly regarded as needed for successful collaboration.
This paper rests on the foundational notion that in the Creative Arts, skills such
as improvisation, visualization and conceptualization are core.
This thesis presents a conceptual framework for the application of game
mechanics to digital resources in the Creative Arts. This framework has been
developed within a Design-Based Research methodology to provide coherence
for further empirical inquiry and has informed the creation of an experimental
prototype resource.
Rather than whether achievement of learning outcomes has been met, many
games-based learning initiatives take student and staff satisfaction with a
resource as measure of success. This thesis acknowledges the difficulties in
measuring impact on learning outcomes and to help navigate this terrain it
provides methods and tools that may be used to address relevant concerns.
The contribution to knowledge from this research is a conceptual framework - a
‘roadmap’ for those looking to apply game mechanics in Arts-based subject
areas; empirical evidence supporting the specific impact of games mechanics on
learning outcomes and the use of Personal Meaning Maps as a research tool
which support the analysis of collaborative working

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Uncontrolled Keywords: : games-based learning, game mechanics, collaboration, learning outcomes, Personal Meaning Maps, Design-Based Research
Subjects: Computer Science, Information & General Works
Technology > Digital Works > Digital Games
Courses by Department: The Games Academy > Digital Games
Depositing User: Ailsa Poll
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2023 12:35
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2023 13:24


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