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Cogent: a case study of meaningful gamification in education with virtual currency

This paper analyzes students’ experience with Cogent, a virtual economy system used throughout the 4 years of a B.S. degree in a Technology major. The case study explains the rules of the Cogent system and investigates its effectiveness to motivate students to learn. Using focus groups and interviews, we collected qualitative data from students about their experience and perceptions of Cogent. The results indicate that Cogent played an encouraging and motivational role for these students and suggest potential for the successful design and implementation of meaningful gamification systems to promote student motivation and engagement within an educational context. (…)

Article first published in “iJET – International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning”, V. 10 (2015), n. 1, as open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/at/deed.en)
http://online-journals.org/index.php/i-jet/article/view/4247

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The global economic crisis and its consequences on the national educational systems: can online education contribute to overcome the crisis?

The VI International GUIDE Conference, organized under the patronage of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Greece, will be held this year on October 3-4 in Athens, a much premeditated locale for the discussion of the poignant topic, The Global Economic Crisis and its consequences on national educational systems: Can online education contribute to overcome the crisis?

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OECD Multilingual summaries. Education at a glance 2012. Summary in English

Is there a significant correlation between the impact of the economic crisis, that, from 2008 continues to rage worldwide, and the level of education and training of the individuals?
In other words, in the tough competition of the global knowledge economy, can great levels of education and training make up an effective defence for workers within a liquid and uncertain job market?
In this thick publication Education Indicators in Focus series, dated January 2012, the OECD, based on the revelation and continuous elaboration of much data and education and training indicators on a worldwide perspective, answers affirmatively.
In these years, in fact, the weight of the crisis has greatly hit those social groups with low levels of education, who are until now, the most exposed to unemployment and to extreme instabilities; university education, however, seems to guarantee, in a constant way and in all countries, more stable employment and relatively higher incomes.

Copyright OECD 2012. First published online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/eag-2012-sum-en Reprinted with permission

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ICT in education: facing a paradigm shift

Major changes are characteristic to educational systems of different countries. Two issues are often noted with reference to them: ICT implementation and the change of educational paradigm, i.e. when the paradigm of teaching shifts into the paradigm of learning or the paradigm of teaching evolves into the paradigm of interaction which, in its turn, changes into the paradigm of learning. Researchers have noted that the depth of ICT implementation in education is related to the educational paradigm change. How and in which areas this interrelation is manifested in practice? What role in this change is played by ICT?

The above questions will be discussed in this presentation. Its aim is to analyse the potential of ICT in education in relation to the changing educational paradigm.

Received: 4th June 2008

Revised: 1st September 2008

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