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A Systematic Literature Review of Gameful Feedback in Computer Science Education

Nico Willert

Abstract—For the past decade, video game- and gamification-elements get used in different fields of research. However, a contextualized usage of these elements is still underrepresented in the current research. For that reason, this research tries to identify contextualized game-elements in e-learning environments for computer science education. A systematic literature review examines the current overlap of feedback in computer science education by the use of game-elements. The relevant papers were identified by a combination of search-terms and analyzed according to a defined scope, that focuses on formative and summative feedback. In a nutshell, the majority of provided feedback in computer science education, that is not just given by an instructor, is often implemented by automated code tests. These are supported through techniques to monitor the performance of the student and their progress towards the set goal. Game- or gamification-elements do play a subordinate role, when providing feedback and are often just to enhance the monitoring process.

Index Terms—Formative feedback, gamification, computer science, programming, education.

Nico Willert is with the Information Systems Institute, University Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany (e-mail: willert@wifa.uni-leipzig.de).


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General Information

  • ISSN: 2010-3689 (Online)
  • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Inf. Educ. Technol.
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • DOI: 10.18178/IJIET
  • Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Steve Thatcher
  • Executive Editor: Ms. Nancy Y. Liu
  • Abstracting/ Indexing: Scopus (Since 2019), INSPEC (IET), UGC-CARE List (India), EBSCO, Electronic Journals Library, Google Scholar, Crossref, etc.
  • E-mail: ijiet@ejournal.net

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