They play, but what kind of game do they play? Analytics in Game-based Learning

Professor Eric Sanchez from the EduTice lab at the Unversity of Lyon will lecture on his work with game-based learning.

Eric Sanchez. Photo: private.

In this talk, Eric Sanchez will present a work carried out for the Tamagocours project. Tamagocours is a Tamagochi-like game dedicated to teach pre-service teachers the legal rules that comply with the policies for the use of digital resources for an educational context. This work relies on the Theory of Didactical Situations and proposes a model that distinguishes two layers of play: (1) a layer of individual play in which the player/learner develops strategies and mobilizes knowledge to meet the challenge offered by the game and (2) a layer of collaborative play where teammates share about the knowledge embedded into the game, formulate and validate strategies.

He will discuss this model through an empirical research which involved nearly 200 students. The methodology is based on the recording of digital traces of interactions. The data analysis process combines a principal component analysis followed by a clustering method to identify players behaviours. This work enabled to draw a behavioural model of the players/learners, and to distinguish different classes of players according to their strategies. The aim of this talk is to illustrate how analytics can provide researchers and designers of learning games with unprecedented ability to understand how they are played by students.


Eric Sanchez is Associate Professor at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (ENSL), head of EducTice, a research team of the French Institute of Education, and adjunct professor at the University of Sherbrooke, QC (Canada). His research work concerns digital play-based learning. He teaches the use of digital technologies for teaching & learning in different Master's degrees of ENSL, University of Lyon & University Paris-Diderot.

Published Feb. 19, 2015 7:27 PM - Last modified Apr. 10, 2015 11:30 AM