Examining Game Mechanics and Extrinsic Motivation in a Group Awareness Tool for Collaborative Learning

René Lobo-Quintero, Davinia Hernández-Leo

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This study examines the interplay of game mechanics and extrinsic motivation in a Group Awareness Tool (GAT), and its implications for student participation in a Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) context. By analyzing the Self-Determination Theory (SDT) and the Learning Mechanics-Game Mechanics (LM-GM) model, we dissect the dynamics of a GAT integrated within an PyramidApp activity. Two game mechanics, Feedback and Behavioral Momentum, were identified and linked to variations in extrinsic motivation among students. Our analysis revealed that while the GAT succeeded in fostering participation, it elicited a spectrum of extrinsic motivation, from identified regulation to external regulation. The study also proposes potential enhancements to the GAT by incorporating game mechanics associated with intrinsic motivation. The findings provide valuable insights into the complex dynamics of GATs and contribute to the discourse on improving student engagement and learning outcomes in CSCL environments.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCEUR Workshop Proceedings
StatePublished - 2023
Externally publishedYes
Event11th Learning Analytics Summer Institute Spain, LASI Spain 2023 - Madrid, Spain
Duration: 29 Jun 202330 Jun 2023


  • Extrinsic Motivation
  • Game Mechanics
  • Group Awareness Tools
  • Learning Analytics
  • Learning Mechanics-Game Mechanics Model
  • Self-Determination Theory


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