Gamification in software engineering education: a systematic mapping

Alhammad, Manal M. and Moreno Sánchez-Capuchino, Ana María (2018). Gamification in software engineering education: a systematic mapping. "Journal of Systems and Software", v. 141 ; pp. 131-150. ISSN 0164-1212. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jss.2018.03.065.

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Title: Gamification in software engineering education: a systematic mapping
Author/s:
  • Alhammad, Manal M.
  • Moreno Sánchez-Capuchino, Ana María
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Journal of Systems and Software
Date: July 2018
ISSN: 0164-1212
Volume: 141
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: Gamification; Software engineering; Education; Systematic mapping
Faculty: E.T.S. de Ingenieros Informáticos (UPM)
Department: Lenguajes y Sistemas Informáticos e Ingeniería del Software
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

The potential of gamification in education is based on the hypothesis that it supports and motivates students and can thus lead to enhanced learning processes and outcomes. Gamification in software engineering (SE) education is in its infancy. However, as SE educators we are particularly interested in understanding how gamification is pollinating our field and the extent to which the above claim is valid in our context. A systematic literature mapping has underscored the difficulty in fully corroborating the above claim because few empirical data are available so far. However, key trends and challenges have been identified. We found that the purpose of applying gamification in the SE field is mostly directly related to improving student engagement and, to a lesser extent, to improving student knowledge, although other targets are the application of SE best practices and socialization. We have also discussed insightful issues regarding the implementation cost of gamification, patterns in the most often used gamification elements, and the SE processes and teaching activities addressed. Of the identified challenges, we should highlight the complexity of deciding which gamification approach to follow, the lack of information for choosing gamification elements and the need to control the impact of gamification.

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Item ID: 65242
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/65242/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:65242
DOI: 10.1016/j.jss.2018.03.065
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jss.2018.03.065
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 06 Nov 2020 07:46
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2020 07:46
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