Exploring the Landscape of Gamification in Higher Education: A Systematic Mapping Study


The concept of gamification is attracting significant attention and implementation in several industries. However, its use in higher education is still in its early phases. The use of game design aspects in non-game situations, sometimes called gamification, has emerged as a prominent trend in boosting learning experiences. This systematic mapping study investigates the utilisation of gamification in non-game contexts, specifically within higher education. By analysing peer-reviewed articles published between 2018 and 2022, the study explores various aspects, including the application of gamification, the variables under investigation, the game design elements employed, and the platforms utilised for implementation. This study focuses on the examination of the academic implications of incorporating game design components. It aims to identify and analyse this field's current patterns and future directions. The findings indicate that gamification is widely seen within Computer Science/Information Technology and Business domains. Majorly analysed variables include motivation, academic performance, and engagement. The research also highlights the increased use of gamification in online courses throughout the pandemic, emphasising its potential to enhance remote education experiences. Notably, platforms like Kahoot! have regularly shown favourable results in this area. This study comprehensively examines the current state and possibilities of gamification in higher education environments.

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Weiwei Zhang, Bond University, Australia
Amir Ghanbaripour, Bond University, Australia
Tsunemi Watanabe, Bond University, Australia

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Conference: ACE2023
Stream: Higher education

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Zhang W., Ghanbaripour A., & Watanabe T. (2024) Exploring the Landscape of Gamification in Higher Education: A Systematic Mapping Study ISSN: 2186-5892 The Asian Conference on Education 2023: Official Conference Proceedings https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2186-5892.2024.115
To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2186-5892.2024.115

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