Gamification in teaching maintenance engineering: a Dutch experience in the rolling stock management learning

Alberto Martinetti, Jorge Eduardo Parada Puig, Charlotte Oude Alink, Jos Thalen, Leonardus Adriana Maria van Dongen

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    Abstract

    The aim of this study is to evaluate the application of an innovative serious
    game, based on the asset management of rolling stock, in the training of
    future maintenance engineers within the master course in mechanical
    engineering at the University of Twente. The Logistic Support Game (LSG) is
    a serious game developed together with Netherlands Railways (Nederlandse
    Spoorwegen, NS) and Invocate (design firm) as a tool to simulate the
    maintenance operations of a fleet of trains. The simulation shows four
    perspectives: the operations manager, the asset manager, the maintenance
    manager and the financial manager.

    The three goals of this innovative training are the improvement of student
    engagement in the learning process, the increas of active cooperation
    between students with different roles in a group, and the opportunity to
    receive feedback on decision making. To indicate achievement of these goals,
    they are linked to the basic needs of learning: competence, relatedness and
    autonomy.

    A total of thirty six students played the serious game in two different sessions.
    At the end of each session, a survey is collected for game based learning
    assessment. Results suggest that the serious game has a positive impact on
    student engagement, cooperation, and helps transfer course contents.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages8
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2017
    Event3rd International Conference on Higher Education Advances, HEAd 2017 - Universitat Politècnica de València, València, Spain
    Duration: 21 Jun 201723 Jun 2017
    Conference number: 3
    http://www.headconf.org/head17/index.html

    Conference

    Conference3rd International Conference on Higher Education Advances, HEAd 2017
    Abbreviated titleHEAd'17
    CountrySpain
    CityValència
    Period21/06/1723/06/17
    Internet address

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