Learning IS child's play: Game-based learning in computer science education

Hadi Hosseini, Maxwell Hartt, Mehrnaz Mostafapour

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Game-based learning has received significant attention in educational pedagogy as an effective way of increasing student motivation and engagement. The majority of the work in this area has been focused on digital games or games involving technology. We focus on the use of traditional game design in improving student engagement and perception of learning in teaching computer science concepts in higher education. In addition, as part of an interdisciplinary effort, we discuss the interplay between game-based learning in higher education and disciplinary cultures, addressing the lack of empirical evidence on the impact of game design on learning outcomes, engagement, and students' perception of learning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number22
JournalACM Transactions on Computing Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Computer Science
  • Education


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