Enhancing student experience in a virtual learning environment: scenario modelling and gamification for the CIT module

Olga Pishchukhina*, Moira Watson

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This practice paper discusses and review the impact of different curriculum items and educational activities – such as gaming challenges, scenario modelling tasks and online quizzes delivered on a VLE (Canvas) – on student experience and the achievement of learning outcomes for an undergraduate Level 2 Computing and Information Technology (CIT) cohort, studying Systems Administration and Support Module. Quizzes provided an opportunity to scaffold questions, thereby raising the level of thinking as students progressed through the content. Scenario assignments provided challenges which required critical thinking to tackle real-world problems, the knowledge of how to use these skills and guide their creativity to solve previously unseen problems. To complement laboratory practical classes, a gaming experience was provided to simulate the laboratory experience in the form of 3D game – PC Building Simulator – that provided a digital experience of learning on how to diagnose, fix and build PCs. Feedback from the CIT students has been overwhelmingly positive, and evidence of complex thinking approaches and solutions of previously unseen problems was provided in the outputs from the wide range of tasks set for the students. It is suggested that after introducing of new curriculum items the class performance has been increased to 66.7% from 62.2% in the previous years.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the EERN Conference 2024
Number of pages8
Publication statusAccepted - 12 Mar 2024
EventUK and Ireland 8th Engineering Education Research Network Annual Symposium - Ulster University, United Kingdom
Duration: 17 Jun 202418 Jun 2024

Conference

ConferenceUK and Ireland 8th Engineering Education Research Network Annual Symposium
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Period17/06/202418/06/2024

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