Publication Type

Conference Proceeding Article

Version

Postprint

Publication Date

10-2013

Abstract

Over the past three years the authors have been developing and refining an online practicing platform called SingPath, which enables users to practice writing code in various software languages. The most recent feature to be released is a Quest mode that encourages users by showing short video clips each time a user solves five problems. In addition, users are able to choose whether to play through these quests on easy, medium, or hard levels of difficulty. The ability for users to customize their game play enables them to modify the difficulty of the experience and ideally self-regulate how frustrating or boring they find the practicing experience. Additionally, a drag-n-drop mode has recently been added for users that would like to practice assembling solutions in a particular programming language before moving on to attempting to write code in that language. This new drag-n-drop mode enables quests to be played on a variety of tablets as well as traditional devices with keyboards. In this talk, we will share learning experiences from launching the quest feature, how users are self-regulating the difficulty of the practice experience, and how much personalization is taking place as users of differing capability are presented problems of varying levels of difficulty.

Keywords

Game-based learning, personalized learning, self-regulated learning

Discipline

Software Engineering

Research Areas

Software Systems

Publication

63rd Annual Conference International Council for Education

City or Country

Singapore

Embargo Period

2-23-2014

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

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