ICT-FLAG: a web-based e-assessment platform featuring learning analytics and gamification

David Gañán (Faculty of Computer Science, Multimedia and Telecommunications, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain)
Santi Caballé (Faculty of Computer Science, Multimedia and Telecommunications, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain)
Robert Clarisó (Faculty of Computer Science, Multimedia and Telecommunications, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain)
Jordi Conesa (Faculty of Computer Science, Multimedia and Telecommunications, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain)
David Bañeres (Faculty of Computer Science, Multimedia and Telecommunications, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain)

International Journal of Web Information Systems

ISSN: 1744-0084

Publication date: 18 April 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to present an innovative web-based eLearning platform called ICT-FLAG that provides e-assessment tools with general-purpose formative assessment services featuring learning analytics and gamification.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper reports on the technical development of the platform driven by the Reference Model for Open Distributed Processing software methodology, which guides the platform construction, including the analysis and design steps.

Findings

The ICT-FLAG platform is technically tested by integrating it into a real e-assessment tool. Results are positive in terms of functional and non-functional aspects as well as user’s satisfaction on usability, emotional state, thus validating the platform as a valuable educational tool.

Research limitations/implications

Because of the chosen technical paper as article type, validation of the impact of the ICT-FLAG platform in the learning process is not provided. Ongoing research with this platform is to measure the learning outcomes of its use in a real context of eLearning.

Practical implications

The paper shows implications of the main technical issues and challenges encountered during the integration of the ICT-FLAG platform with external eLearning tools, involving relevant aspects of interoperability, security, modularity, scalability, portability and so on.

Originality/value

This platform can fill the gap of many e-assessment systems, which currently do not have built-in analytical and gamification tools for learning, thus providing them with the experience to improve the quality of education and learning.

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Citation

Gañán, D., Caballé, S., Clarisó, R., Conesa, J. and Bañeres, D. (2017), "ICT-FLAG: a web-based e-assessment platform featuring learning analytics and gamification", International Journal of Web Information Systems, Vol. 13 No. 1, pp. 25-54. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJWIS-12-2016-0074

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