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Exploring what Student Engagement means for Biology Educators: What can Gamification Research tell us?

Garden, Claire L P



The way we teach experimental biology continues to change as we recover, and learn lessons, from the COVID-19 pandemic. We often discuss student engagement as part of this process, but what does this mean in practice? How can we tell if students are engaged with the learning opportunities we provide? How can we improve student engagement through our teaching and assessment?
Some educators turn to teaching innovations like gamification to help solve issues around student engagement, but there is little empirical evidence on which to build this approach. However, the Gamification for Student Engagement Framework has made it possible to choose game attributes to use in the classroom that should support student engagement. Preliminary evidence will be shared to show that very simple game attributes such as choice or interpersonal interaction, can positively impact student engagement as defined through Kahu’s model.
This session will explore what student engagement means for us as experimental biology educators. Participants will be invited to share where they see it happening in their classrooms, and how they have used teaching innovation to improve engagement. The aim is to inform and invigorate discussions about student engagement and inspire positive change.

Presentation Conference Type Presentation / Talk
Conference Name Society for Experimental Biology Centenary Conference
Start Date Jul 4, 2023
End Date Jul 6, 2023
Deposit Date Sep 12, 2023
Keywords Biology, Student Engagement, Gamification
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