The Restaurant Game: a NEWTON PROJECT Serious Game for C Programming Courses

ID: 53738 Type: Full Paper
  1. Dan Zhao, Dublin City University, Ireland
  2. Cristina Muntean, National College of Ireland, Ireland
  3. Gabriel Muntean, Dublin City University, Ireland

Tuesday, March 19 10:15-10:45 AM Location: Sunset 6 View on map

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Abstract: A 2D serious game focused on the structure concept in C programming, the NEWTON Restaurant Game, was designed and implemented as part of the European Horizon 2020 NEWTON Project. The game was deployed in a real-life pilot in the introductory software development module at Dublin City University, Ireland. The game targeted the programming concept of structure and visualized the concept major components through player interactions with the food and drinks in a restaurant scenario. The goal of the case study was to assess the impact of the game on participants’ learning outcomes and participants’ subjective feelings towards game-based learning. 90 first year students from the Faculty of Engineering and Computing were involved in the study. The pre and post knowledge test results indicate there was a statistically significant knowledge gain after participants’ interaction with the game. The results of a post-game survey show how most participants liked the overall design of the game and the game played a positive role in helping participants understand diverse knowledge aspects and improve their confidence in programming in general.

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