Are quiz-games an effective revision tool in Anatomical Sciences for Higher Education and what do students think of them?

Wilkinson, Kate, Dafoulas, George ORCID logoORCID:, Garelick, Hemda ORCID logoORCID: and Huyck, Christian R. ORCID logoORCID: (2020) Are quiz-games an effective revision tool in Anatomical Sciences for Higher Education and what do students think of them? British Journal of Educational Technology, 51 (3) . pp. 761-777. ISSN 0007-1013 [Article] (doi:10.1111/bjet.12883)


Recently, there has been an increased volume of pedagogical research and practice of mobile learning (m-learning) and gameplay in education. This article presents the findings of a study that examined the effect on achievement and explored student perception towards quiz-game play prior to an anatomy assessment in first year Higher Education students. Achievement data was collected over two academic years at all module assessment (A1-4) points. A1 was used as a baseline, showing no difference between groups or years, A2 and A3 were comparable online assessments done on the lower and upper limbs that followed the same format; A4 was a viva–voce to assess the whole module learning. The optional 15-minute quiz-gameplay intervention (G) using a mobile application was initiated prior to A3, those students who chose not to participate performed their traditional study routine; no other changes to assessments were made resulting in a Gameplay and non-gameplay (G, NG) group for each year. Students were invited to participate in an online focus group (N=84) and a sample undertook in-depth interviews (N=9) to gain qualitative data on their perceptions of the intervention. Students who participated in the gameplay (G) group (N=87) demonstrated a significant improvement in A3 compared to A2, and the non-game play (NG) group (N=164) a significant decrease. A thematic analysis was undertaken on the focus group and interview data revealing key aspects of quiz-gameplay as a learning tool. This article offers insight into the potential benefit of encouraging m-learning gameplay as part of revision or learning for anatomy students. This information could help educators and study support facilitate efficient revision methods as well as initiate further research into the use of anatomy gameplay to enhance the student learning experience.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Computer Science > Intelligent Environments group
Item ID: 27673
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Depositing User: George Dafoulas
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2019 11:56
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2021 11:40

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