When Is a Construction Educational Serious Game Too Serious? Striking a Balance between Engagement and Learning

Fadi Castronovo, Robert M. Leicht, John I. Messner

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Abstract

Educational simulation games and serious games in various disciplines are being adopted for their ability to engage and educate students. The purpose of this study was to understand the level on enjoyment while playing a construction simulation game, the Virtual Construction Simulator 4. For this study, the researchers were interested in the users' rating of their experience while developing the construction sequence for the three different modules. The game was implemented in a fourth-year construction engineering course, where 34 students participated in the study. The users were given a survey to rate their experience while playing the game at the end of a series of interventions. Based on the results there is evidence to conclude that the students' experience was significantly higher that the neutral level of 3.5. With the presnted results, the researchers have provided supporting evidence of the engaging nature of educational simulation games, as well as invaluable suggestions for future development. Lastly, this paper discusses the difficulty in striking a balance between the engaging "fun" nature of games and their educational "serious" purpose.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputing in Civil Engineering 2017
Subtitle of host publicationSensing, Simulation, and Visualization - Selected Papers from the ASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering 2017
EditorsKen-Yu Lin, Nora El-Gohary, Pingbo Tang
Pages26-34
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780784480830
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event2017 ASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering, IWCCE 2017 - Seattle, United States
Duration: 25 Jun 201727 Jun 2017

Publication series

NameCongress on Computing in Civil Engineering, Proceedings
Volume2017-June

Conference

Conference2017 ASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering, IWCCE 2017
CountryUnited States
CitySeattle
Period25/06/1727/06/17

Bibliographical note

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© 2017 ASCE.

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Copyright 2020 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

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