A surrogate competition approach to enhancing student learning

Zhi Hong Chen, Sherry Y. Chen, Tak Wai Chen

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Abstract

Although competition is a powerful element to enhance students) motivation, but it still has negative influences on learning. To mitigate possible negative influences, some competition models have been proposed but they are merely suitable for anonymous and face-to-face learning contexts. To address such limitations, there is a need to explore other competition models. To this end, this study proposes the concept of surrogate competition, in which there is no direct competition between each student. Instead, each student has a substitute and the competition takes place between each substitute. Based on this rationale, a My-Pet-My-Arena system is developed and an empirical study was conducted to examine the effects of the surrogate competition. The results revealed that the My-Pet-My-Arena system could help students attribute competitive failures to the lack of effort.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 19th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2011
Pages221-232
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes
Event19th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2011 - Chiang Mai, Thailand
Duration: 2011 Nov 282011 Dec 2

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 19th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2011

Other

Other19th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2011
CountryThailand
CityChiang Mai
Period11/11/2811/12/2

Keywords

  • Competition
  • Game-based learning
  • User-center design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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    Chen, Z. H., Chen, S. Y., & Chen, T. W. (2011). A surrogate competition approach to enhancing student learning. In Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2011 (pp. 221-232). (Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2011).