Exploring support mechanisms for learners at-risk through a coupled game environment

Birgit Schmitz, Roland Klemke, Marcus Specht

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    Dropping out of the schooling system is one of the prevailing problems placing youths at-risk. With this paper, we propose possible support mechanisms for learners at-risk by analyzing the characteristics of a coupled game. We provide a detailed description of an educational setting that is directed at supporting this target group and evaluate its individual design elements with regard to learners’ attraction to the game environment, their motivation to deal with learning content and the knowledge gain. Study results suggest that the pattern Coupled Games as realized by way of SMS interventions provides chances to support the target group.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)202-217
    Number of pages16
    JournalInternational Journal of Learning Technology
    Issue number2
    Early online date27 Aug 2014
    Publication statusPublished - 13 Sept 2014


    • pattern approach
    • pervasive games for learning
    • SMS notifications
    • learners at-risk


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