Learning Through Gamification in Higher Education

Overview

"Health care legislation, management and administration" is a basic subject offered in the physical therapy university degree. The juridical features of this subject usually provokes a lack of motivation between students. Although not commonly used in university teaching, gamification could provide further affordances for improving students' engagement which provokes better assistance and learning outcomes.

Full Title of Study: “Learning Through Play in a University Degree: a Randomized Controlled Trial”

Study Type

  • Study Type: Interventional
  • Study Design
    • Allocation: Randomized
    • Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
    • Primary Purpose: Other
    • Masking: Double (Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
  • Study Primary Completion Date: November 3, 2020

Detailed Description

– 51 students of "Health legislation, management and administration" subject of the Physical Therapy University Degree of the Catholic University of Murcia will be recruited. – Participants will be randomly assigned into two groups: control group (traditional teaching methods) and intervention group (gamification). – Class attendance and academic results will be register for future analysis.

Interventions

  • Behavioral: Gamification
    • Teaching through gamification
  • Behavioral: Traditional teaching
    • Teaching through master lesson methodology

Arms, Groups and Cohorts

  • Experimental: Gamification group
    • Problem solving based methodology
  • Active Comparator: Traditional teaching group
    • Master lesson methodology

Clinical Trial Outcome Measures

Primary Measures

  • Class attendance
    • Time Frame: Time-to-Event measures: from date of randomization until the end of academic period for a total of 16 week (including two holiday weeks)
    • Number of days students attend class. This outcome will be registered each day by the teacher using a standardized attendance sheet template.
  • Total score
    • Time Frame: Outcome measures at the end of the academic period, for a total of 16 week (including two holiday weeks)
    • Average score of first and second partial exams. This outcome will be obtained through qualifications in test type exam.
  • Partial score
    • Time Frame: Outcome measures at the end of the academic period, for a total of 16 week (including two holiday weeks)
    • Score achieved in questions related to topics taught in the four intervention classes. This outcome will be obtained through qualifications in test type exam.

Participating in This Clinical Trial

Inclusion Criteria

  • Students enrolled in the subject during academic year 19-20. – Students included must not have taken the subject before. – Students must be able to understand and speak the Spanish language. Exclusion Criteria:

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Gender Eligibility: All

Minimum Age: 18 Years

Maximum Age: N/A

Are Healthy Volunteers Accepted: Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Investigator Details

  • Lead Sponsor
    • Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia
  • Provider of Information About this Clinical Study
    • Principal Investigator: Daniel Ángel García, Principal Investigator – Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia

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