Experimental development and implementation of computer-based quiz games in general chemistry for engineering

S. S. Ling, F. Saffre, D. L. Gater, Lilia Halim, A. F. Isakovic

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Abstract

Interactive learning through computer quiz games has been introduced to improve teaching and learning in a freshman engineering chemistry course. This is accomplished through a series of JAVA-based, weekly general chemistry quiz games, developed and implemented as a supplemental and augmentative tool in delivering freshmen chemistry for engineering majors. The introduction of quiz game is anticipated to increase the engagement of students in chemistry classes by improving their attitudes towards chemistry and their overall chemistry achievements. Kolb's four-stage learning cycle is introduced as a possible model for a role the computer quiz games could have in the overall learning process, where the games are anticipated to serve as alternate mode of learning and as an additional motivational tool. In addition to introducing weekly computer quiz games, we report on the effort made to assess their effectiveness. For this purpose, we propose a novel chemistry achievement test developed in this study, Freshman Engineering Chemistry Aptitude Test (FECAT), which aims to comprehensively cover the freshmen engineering chemistry course. Additionally, we implemented an attitude questionnaire. The findings of this pilot study help to advance our understanding of the practical contribution of game-based learning to students' achievement in chemistry and also their attitudes towards learning chemistry at university. At the time of the pilot implementation, we hypothesized that the major benefit of the interactive game would be an increase in students' overall interest in chemistry, with an associated improvement in achievements in the course.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Volume2015-December
ISBN (Print)9781479984534
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Dec 2015
Event2015 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2015 - El Paso, United States
Duration: 21 Oct 201524 Oct 2015

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Other2015 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2015
CountryUnited States
CityEl Paso
Period21/10/1524/10/15

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Keywords

  • computer games
  • Dellwo's gain
  • freshmen science courses
  • game based learning
  • Hake's gain
  • interactive engagement
  • Kolb's learning cycle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Software
  • Education

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Ling, S. S., Saffre, F., Gater, D. L., Halim, L., & Isakovic, A. F. (2015). Experimental development and implementation of computer-based quiz games in general chemistry for engineering. In Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE (Vol. 2015-December). [7344267] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE.2015.7344267

Experimental development and implementation of computer-based quiz games in general chemistry for engineering. / Ling, S. S.; Saffre, F.; Gater, D. L.; Halim, Lilia; Isakovic, A. F.

Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE. Vol. 2015-December Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2015. 7344267.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Ling, SS, Saffre, F, Gater, DL, Halim, L & Isakovic, AF 2015, Experimental development and implementation of computer-based quiz games in general chemistry for engineering. in Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE. vol. 2015-December, 7344267, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2015 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2015, El Paso, United States, 21/10/15. https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE.2015.7344267
Ling SS, Saffre F, Gater DL, Halim L, Isakovic AF. Experimental development and implementation of computer-based quiz games in general chemistry for engineering. In Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE. Vol. 2015-December. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. 2015. 7344267 https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE.2015.7344267
Ling, S. S. ; Saffre, F. ; Gater, D. L. ; Halim, Lilia ; Isakovic, A. F. / Experimental development and implementation of computer-based quiz games in general chemistry for engineering. Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE. Vol. 2015-December Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2015.
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