GAMIFICATION OF A VIRTUAL LAB TRAINING: EFFECTS OF PROVIDING VISUAL MOTIVATIONAL FEEDBACK
Virtual reality (VR) provides students with a platform to train in a 3D environment where their lab experiments can be replicated. By performing repetitive training, trainees can learn better in the Virtual Environment along with the benefits of the cost-effectiveness. The study focuses on two research questions: 1) Are there differences in the performance and errors committed by subjects in gamified vs. non-gamified educational labs? 2) Does the attitude of students matter in the gamified and non-gamified environment? This study examines the difference between gamified and non-gamified training environments' effectiveness in training performance and motivation in the VR training. During this study, the participants were provided with one of the two platforms –gamified and non-gamified and were asked to perform a micro-pipette experiment, where the users used a micropipette to transfer liquid from one container to another. The gamified environment has the visual elements for providing positive feedback to the users, and the non-gamified environment does not have these elements. During the experiment, the participants’ performance metrics like damage caused to the pipette and time taken to complete the experiment were captured. After the experiment, the participants were asked to answer a questionnaire related to the pipette usage, and then self-report their motivation during the experiment in the VR training. Based on the collected data, it was found that while the participants did seem more motivated in doing the gamified experiment, there were no differences between the performance in the gamified experiment and the non-gamified experiment. The participants were however more enthusiastic about the gamified experiment and were even able to provide suggestions to add more game elements. Suggestions for further research and more information on their feedback is also provided.
- Master of Science
- Computer Graphics Technology
- West Lafayette