To research the impact of games in improving student study skills and information retention in the delivery of pharmacy education

Dudzinski, Maciej (2013) To research the impact of games in improving student study skills and information retention in the delivery of pharmacy education. (MSc(R) thesis), Kingston University, .

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Abstract

Pharmacy Challenge’ is a mobile/web multiplayer that was developed at Kingston University. The game is designed to allow for small groups of students to simultaneously revise certain aspects of the pharmacy curriculum in timed quiz-based challenges. The purpose of this study is to help to identify a successful game design for an educational game, the effects of such a game on students’ performance and how it can improve their motivation to study. The data gathered through the pre-intervention questionnaire indicated that most students would approve the use of educational games in their curriculum. The students’ answers indicated that the chat feature and social interaction through competition/collaboration are important aspects of an educational game. Most students agreed that they learn better when they can choose when they study. Thus the game under designed was created as a website accessible both to personal computers and mobile devices with single/multiplayer modes available. As part of this study a focus group and game evaluation session was carried out in order to fine tune the game to students’ needs and to gather necessary data such as students’ perceptions, their performance and game play data logs. The collected data helped to formulate important questions on the effectiveness of educational games and their use in the learning environment. Using new and innovative technology could enhance students’ learning experience and make it more fun, while improving their learning efficiency. Educational games have a potential to turn students’ need for fun and play into a positive constructive force that will boost their skills.

Item Type: Thesis (MSc(R))
Physical Location: This item is held in stock at Kingston University library.
Research Area: Computer science and informatics
Education
Pharmacy
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing (until 2017) > School of Pharmacy and Chemistry
Depositing User: Niki Wilson
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2015 09:39
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2018 10:17
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/31405

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