Making exam preparation an enjoyable experience

Stephan Lukosch (Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, FernUniversitát in Hagen, 580084 Hagen, Germany)
Till Schümmer (Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, FernUniversitát in Hagen, 580084 Hagen, Germany)

Interactive Technology and Smart Education

ISSN: 1741-5659

Publication date: 1 November 2006


During oral exams at the German distance learning university, we noticed that students fear that they will be faced with questions that they have not anticipated. In our opinion, this is mainly because students have no chance to train and thereby gather positive experiences with exam situations as they are distributed all over Germany and thus it is difficult for them to meet each other. In this paper, we present a design space of 23 learning gadgets, i.e. tools that support collaborative learning, to allow collaborative exam preparation in peer‐based distributed student groups. We discuss this design space according to eight dimensions of the concept of FLOW (Csikszentmihalyi, 1991) that constitutes enjoyable situations. Two of the learning gadgets were implemented and integrated in the CURE environment, a web‐based collaborative learning platform that was developed to support different collaborative learning scenarios, e.g. collaborative exercises or virtual seminars. We discuss these learning gadgets in more detail and show how they promise an enjoyable collaborative exam preparation.



Lukosch, S. and Schümmer, T. (2006), "Making exam preparation an enjoyable experience", Interactive Technology and Smart Education, Vol. 3 No. 4, pp. 259-274.

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