“The gamified tasks were optional, so it was good to see that most of the students were curious and willing to perform them. This, as the results showed, eventually led to better educational performance,” mentions Blažauskas.
He says the teachers’ willingness to use the tools in their schools was the greatest success in the trial.
“The fact that experts in the field of education understand the benefits of gamification and the potential of it makes the most sense,” he shares, referring to the further integration of the method.
Further integration into educational settings faces challenges
The gamification solution was developed using progressive web applications (PWAs) widely used in e-commerce and media websites. According to Maskeliūnas, they allow content to be easily accessed from any device and adapted accordingly. Often, the applications work without internet access.
Unfortunately, although PWAs have great potential to facilitate the learning process, the integration of these web-based applications in educational settings faces some challenges.
Firstly, there is the challenge of preparing the right digital content. Maskeliūnas argues that the process of converting content from a traditional format to a new one requires separate technical staff and, therefore, additional financial resources.
“The same applies to the incorporation of new technologies – expressing the need for it is not enough. Bureaucratic obstacles and resistance to change are likely to be encountered,” says a KTU professor.
However, the researcher immediately adds that the availability of electronic devices should not be the reason for the slow integration, as many learners have at least one smart device, and socially vulnerable groups can be provided with such devices in educational institutions.
Maskeliūnas also mentions the human factor in preparing for innovation: “Apart from bureaucratic or infrastructural issues, the mindset of the learners, the lecturers or teachers needs to change – they need to understand these technologies, their meaning and be able to use them.”
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