Special Issue "Game-Based Learning and Gamification for Higher Education and Adult Learning"

A special issue of Education Sciences (ISSN 2227-7102). This special issue belongs to the section "Technology Enhanced Education".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 October 2023 | Viewed by 199

Special Issue Editor

School of Computer Engineering, Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso, Valparaíso 2362807, Chile
Interests: computer-based learning; adaptive e-learning; Digital Game-Based Learning (DGBL); gamification; intelligent agents, tutors and ontologies applied to education

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues, 

New-generation students require more active approaches, with challenges, goals, collaboration and a sense of achievement (epic meaning). Such features are present in Game-based and Gamified learning raising promising technologies to use in higher and adult education. However, research in this field requires moving from whether these technologies are effective, to under what conditions are they efficient and effective. Considering as conditions cognitive and emotional aspects of the student, while instructional features, immersion, adaptability, accessibility and usability of the learning software.

In this Special Issue, we aim to gather novel theoretical, methodological, pedagogical and technological approaches, in the form of literature reviews, empirical studies, case studies, challenges, strategies and lessons learned, in the design, application, adaptation, evaluation and assessment in Game-based learning (GBL), Gamified learning (GL), higher education and adult learning.

This Special Issue solicits high-quality papers that focus on, but are not limited to:

  • Game-based learning (GBL) and Gamified learning (GL) in higher education and adult learning
  • Frameworks, processes, and methodologies for GBL/GL and higher/adult education
  • Virtual, augmented, Mixed and Extended Reality under game-based/gamified learning;
  • Experiences with existing Apps, Escape Rooms, MOOCS, and LMS environments under GBL/GL, and higher/adult education
  • Artificial Intelligence, machine learning and learning analytics in GBL/GL and higher/adult education
  • Affective computing, motivation, and other psycho-emotional dimensions in GBL/GL and higher/adult education
  • Social and collaborative aspects in GBL/GL and higher/adult education, including Problem/Project/Team-based learning and flipped classroom
  • Interface design, usability and user experience (UX) in GBL/GL and higher/adult education environments;
  • Cultural issues and other personal traits on game-based /gamification learning and higher/adult education;
  • Adaptable and intelligent tutoring systems with GBL/GL and higher/adult education
  • Instructional features in GBL, gamification and higher/adult education, including prior knowledge, task complexity, feedback and item type.
  • GBL/GL and higher/adult education for wellbeing, mental health, special education and disabled people
  • Teachers’ role and educational community in GBL/GL, and higher/adult education.

Dr. Claudio Cubillos
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • technology and pedagogy
  • Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL)
  • educational games
  • ICT teacher instruction
  • MOOCs and learning analytics
  • affective computing and motivation in education
  • artificial intelligence (AI) in education
  • usability and user experience (UX) in education
  • virtual/augmented reality in education
  • adaptable/intelligent tutoring systems

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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