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Using Avatars for Course Management and Immersion

  • Martin SillaotsEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9221)

Abstract

Gamification is the use of game elements in non-game environment. One element among others is avatar. The use of avatar in the context of learning can make students to feel themselves more safe and relaxed. It can lead to the more active participation and to immersion. To find out what is the effect of using avatars in education, several courses were designed like games, and feedback information was collected It was found that implementation of avatars was useful for creating anonymous scoreboards, however it did not had any strong effect on immersion. For better results avatar should be combined with other game elements e.g. story.

Keywords

Avatar Character Gamification Game elements Course design 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This research was supported by SEGAN (LLP-EC 519332) network and Tallinn University Institute of Informatics.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Tallinn UniversityTallinnEstonia

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