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Developing Gamification to Improve Mobile Learning in Web Design Course during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Sumitra Nuanmeesri

Abstract—Thailand is currently facing a widespread third wave of COVID-19 outbreaks in the second quarter of 2021. The government has encouraged social distancing compliance to work from home and study at home policy to mitigate the risks of the pandemic. As a result, educational institutions at all levels must temporarily close their services within the premises. The students need to lean towards the online system independently. Hence, this research aims to develop gamification in the Web Design course to increase the perception and achievement of Information Technology students through mobile learning. The research results showed that the students who registered for the academic year of 2020, the majority’s learning performance improved after adopting the gamification approach via developed mobile application. According to the statistical test (t-Test) results, a significant difference was discovered between pre-test and post-test scores at a significance level (α) of 0.05. The learners also rated the effectiveness of the developed game at the highest level and accepted the developed game with high consensus. In conclusion, the research findings indicate that games can be used as effective instruction media for undergraduate students and online classrooms amidst the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Index Terms—Mobile learning, gamification, personalized learning, web design.

S. Nuanmeesri is with the Department of Information Technology, Faculty of Science and Technology, Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University, Bangkok 10300, Thailand (e-mail: sumitra.nu@ssru.ac.th).

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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), CNKI, EBSCO, Electronic Journals Library, Google Scholar, Crossref, etc.
  • E-mail: ijiet@ejournal.net

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