A Practical Experience on the Use of Gamification in MOOC Courses as a Strategy to Increase Motivation

  • Miguel Morales
  • Hector R. Amado-SalvatierraEmail author
  • Rocael Hernández
  • Johanna Pirker
  • Christian Gütl
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 620)


The rapid and constant pace of change in technology and the increasing involvement of educational institutions in the massive online open courses (MOOC) movement elicit a large myriad of opportunities and challenges. One of the main issues is the reported high dropout rate. In this sense, gamification strategies have been proposed as a complement to existing learning approaches providing a powerful and motivational learning experience to students. Examples of gamification strategies for MOOC environments include rewards for learning activities, applying levels and leader-boards to encourage progress and competition, and badges for participation in forums. The aim of this study is to contribute to the analysis of motivational factors to provide improved learning experiences for cloud-based learning services. This paper presents lessons learned from the MOOC course “Authoring tools for e-learning courses”. 1678 participants experienced a mix of gamification strategies: Badges – Leaderboard forums; Students Classifier League and Reward strategy. Findings revealed the reward strategy as the most effective one, and indicated increased motivation to complete the assigned learning activities.


Gamification Learning strategies MOOCs Motivation Learning engagement 



This work was Co-funded by the Erasmus + Programme of the European Union MOOC-Maker (561533-EPP-1-2015-1-ES-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP). We are also gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Institute of Information Systems and Computer Media, Graz University of Technology, as an in-kind contribution in the project for participating in the conference and presenting the results.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Miguel Morales
    • 1
  • Hector R. Amado-Salvatierra
    • 1
    Email author
  • Rocael Hernández
    • 1
    • 2
  • Johanna Pirker
    • 2
  • Christian Gütl
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.GES DepartmentGalileo UniversityGuatemalaGuatemala
  2. 2.IICMGraz University of TechnologyGrazAustria
  3. 3.SISCurtin UniversityPerthAustralia

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