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Increasing Student Engagement in Software Engineering with Gamification

Swapneel Kalpesh Sheth; Jonathan Schaffer Bell; Gail E. Kaiser

Title:
Increasing Student Engagement in Software Engineering with Gamification
Author(s):
Sheth, Swapneel Kalpesh
Bell, Jonathan Schaffer
Kaiser, Gail E.
Date:
Type:
Technical reports
Department:
Computer Science
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Series:
Columbia University Computer Science Technical Reports
Part Number:
CUCS-018-12
Publisher:
Department of Computer Science, Columbia University
Publisher Location:
New York
Abstract:
Gamification, or the use of game elements in non-game contexts, has become an increasingly popular approach to increasing end-user engagement in many contexts, including employee productivity, sales, recycling, and education. Our preliminary work has shown that gamification can be used to boost student engagement and learning in basic software testing. We seek to expand our gamified software engineering approach to motivate other software engineering best practices. We propose to build a game layer on top of traditional continuous integration technologies to increase student engagement in development, documentation, bug reporting, and test coverage. This poster describes to our approach and presents some early results showing feasability.
Subject(s):
Computer science
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