AREE NA NAN (CHIANG MAI UNIVERSITY)
JINDARAT DE VLEESCHAUWER (Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand)

THE EFFECTS OF ONLINE GAMIFICATION ON UNIVERSITY STUDENTS€™ PERFORMANCE AND MOTIVATION TO PREPARE FOR CLASS : LANGUAGE LEARNING

Lecturers often have inadequate time to cover all the content in a textbook. To solve this problem theoretically, some content and activities are assigned to the students as pre-lesson readings or exercises. As lecturers, the researchers expect their students to come to class having prepared themselves as assigned. In reality, many students cannot meet that expectation. The researchers, therefore, are interested in using online gamification to enhance the students’ performance and motivate them to be well-prepared for the lesson. The subjects were two sections of the students studying a reading course. The same instructions on the pre-lesson readings and activities were given to both groups of students. In class periods, one section did paper-based exercises related to the pre-lesson assignments, while the other group did the same exercises on the online game format. At the end of the study, students’ performance and motivation for self-preparation were evaluated and compared.

Assistant Professor Aree Na Nan is a lecturer at English Department, Chiang Mai University. Her research interest includes online learning, online gamification, and the flipped classroom.

Jindarat De Vleeschauwer is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at Chiang Mai University, Thailand. Her research interests involve second language writing in EFL contexts.