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Using digital game based resources to engage students in first year human life sciences


Douglas, TA and Salter, S and Capstick, M, Using digital game based resources to engage students in first year human life sciences, Ubiquitous Learning, 3, (2) pp. 41-52. ISSN 1835-9795 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.18848/1835-9795/cgp/v03i02/40268


The School of Human Life Sciences (HLS) at the University of Tasmania teaches a diverse student population enrolled in biomedical science, environmental health, exercise science, health science, and medical imaging. All of these HLS students study common first year units including cell biology, anatomy and physiology, and microbiology, and are characterised by a range of different learning styles. In recognition of the diverse needs of our first year student population, we have developed and implemented a number of self-directed learning resources in our first year units including digital game based learning (DGBL) resources. These DGBL resources include both multiplayer and single player games to engage students in unit content and enable them to link concepts between foundation units in the first year curriculum. Student feedback from open and closed questionnaires indicates that students enjoy playing online games to stimulate their learning and are able to transfer knowledge between first year units after using the game platform learning resources. The games also allow students to participate in active learning in a fun and stimulating learning environment. We believe that DGBL resources are a vital pedagogical tool in our portfolio of teaching and learning resources for first year HLS students.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:digital game resource, health science, transfer of learning, active learning, engagement, motivation
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Human-centred computing
Research Field:Pervasive computing
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Douglas, TA (Ms Tracy Douglas)
UTAS Author:Salter, S (Mrs Susan Salter)
UTAS Author:Capstick, M (Mr Michael Capstick)
ID Code:71774
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Health Sciences A
Deposited On:2011-08-05
Last Modified:2014-12-07
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