Development of a Research Protocol for Teacher Engagement in the Coventry Pilot of the BEACONING Platform for Anywhere Anytime Gamified Learning.

Jackie Calderwood

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    This paper discusses the development of a research protocol for teacher engagement with the innovative BEACONING platform for authoring and delivery of gamified learning experiences. The platform developed allows teachers to author desktop, mobile and location based ‘Gamified Lesson Plans’, and track the progress made by their students. Although originally intended for STEM teaching and learning with 16-24-year olds, the platform has attracted interest from teachers of other age-groups and disciplines.
    Coventry University, as lead partner for the BEACONING project, has conducted a number of small-scale pilots to complement the large scale pilots taking place in France, Turkey, Romania. This paper considers the rationale, challenges and opportunities for engaging teachers and students from the University, University College, and local Secondary and Primary Schools in the pilot.
    The pilot protocol developed places the needs and interests of the research participants at the heart of the research process. Challenges inherent to this approach are addressed, along-side the argument that upholding agency and co-creative engagement of participants leads to valuable emergent communication that will enrich the research findings and future exploitation plans for the platform.
    Reflecting on the development, use and evaluation of this pilot protocol, the author considers approaches required to support the flourishing of co-creative engagement of participants and be receptive to emergent communication, whether as a single previously unheard voice, or of feedback as polyphony.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationRealidades educativas en la esfera digital: Sistemas, modelos y paradigmas de aprendizaje
    EditorsRosalba Mancinas-Chávez, Francisco Anaya Benítez
    PublisherEgregius Ediciones
    Number of pages28
    ISBN (Print)978-84-17270-94-0
    Publication statusPublished - 5 Jan 2020
    EventIv International Congress Communication And Thought: Emergent Communication - University of Seville, Seville, Spain
    Duration: 10 Apr 201912 Apr 2019

    Publication series

    NameComunicación y Pensamiento


    ConferenceIv International Congress Communication And Thought
    Internet address


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