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Changing perceptions about entrepreneurship and industry-related aspects and fostering innovation skills using a video game

Henner Andrés Solarte (Universidad EAFIT, Medellin, Colombia)
Hendrys Fabián Tobar (Universidad EAFIT, Medellin, Colombia)
Jorge Hernán Mesa (Universidad EAFIT, Medellin, Colombia)
Helmuth Trefftz (Universidad EAFIT, Medellin, Colombia)
Diana María Osorio (Universidad EAFIT, Medellin, Colombia)

Interactive Technology and Smart Education

ISSN: 1741-5659

Article publication date: 26 February 2021

Issue publication date: 19 May 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to find empirical evidence on how video games can foster innovation skills and change perceptions about entrepreneurship and general aspects related to the industry in Colombia while innovative pedagogical processes in teaching entrepreneurship in higher education.

Design/methodology/approach

Based on design-based research, serious games (SGs), entrepreneurial education and the innovator DNA framework, the authors collected data from undergraduate students enrolled in two online entrepreneurship courses at a Colombian university. One course is used as a treatment group where students play a video game created for the purpose of this research while the other group is used as control where traditional learning activities are performed. A self-reported method was used on the perceptions of the students after participating in the activities through questionnaires to find differences between the mean scores reported by both groups.

Findings

The results indicate that students who participated in the video game reported a higher fostering of their innovation skills and a broader change in their perception of entrepreneurship and aspects related to the coffee industry, in contrast to the students of the control group.

Originality/value

Using a video game created by EAFIT University in Colombia, this study responds to an identified need for studying the adequate use of SGs in online class contexts and the need of fostering both innovation skills and positive perceptions on entrepreneurship among students.

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Acknowledgements

Authors thank the participants for their contributions and availability for the observations.

Funding: This research was funded by MINCIENCIAS, grant number 804-2018.

Citation

Solarte, H.A., Tobar, H.F., Mesa, J.H., Trefftz, H. and Osorio, D.M. (2021), "Changing perceptions about entrepreneurship and industry-related aspects and fostering innovation skills using a video game", Interactive Technology and Smart Education, Vol. 18 No. 1, pp. 104-118. https://doi.org/10.1108/ITSE-10-2020-0220

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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