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Andragogical principles in a gamification concept: how does it work for adult learners in an online class?

Zamzami Zainuddin (Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) (Sekolah Tinggi Ilmu Administrasi Nasional, Lhokseumawe, Indonesia)
Rasyidin Rasyidin (Universitas Malikussaleh, Lhokseumawe, Indonesia)
Zanzibar Zanzibar (Institut Agama Islam Negeri Lhokseumawe, Lhokseumawe, Indonesia)
Fidhia Aruni (Sekolah Tinggi Ilmu Administrasi Nasional, Lhokseumawe, Indonesia)
Nurmasyahyati Nurmasyahyati (Sekolah Tinggi Ilmu Administrasi Nasional, Lhokseumawe, Indonesia)

Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education

ISSN: 2050-7003

Article publication date: 9 January 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

A lack of research has reported how playful gamification is applied to adult learners as an idea of andragogical instruction. Thus, this study aims to identify how the concept of gamification was used for adult learners in an online class during the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on learning performance and motivation with the guidance of Knowles' andragogical principle.

Design/methodology/approach

The study applied an explanatory sequential mixed method in collecting the data. Assessments' scores during the experimental research and questionnaires were used as the quantitative data. For the qualitative data, personal semi-structured interviews were employed.

Findings

The findings indicate that gamification raises student enthusiasm and interest and improves learning outcomes. Students who previously lacked attentiveness to the online class are now waiting for game quiz activities during the class meeting. Furthermore, the experimental groups reported statistically improved assessments compared to their counterparts. Indeed, some recommended other courses with whole activities of gamification and discussion rather than listening to talks.

Originality/value

For its implications, this study has enriched the literature on gamification implementation for adult learners. Regarding its originality, it has discussed an old issue of Knowles' andragogical principle from the novelty angle of gamification.

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Citation

Zainuddin, Z., Rasyidin, R., Zanzibar, Z., Aruni, F. and Nurmasyahyati, N. (2023), "Andragogical principles in a gamification concept: how does it work for adult learners in an online class?", Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/JARHE-04-2022-0127

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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