AAAI Publications, The Twenty-Sixth International FLAIRS Conference

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Game Performance as a Measure of Comprehension and Skill Transfer
G. Tanner Jackson, Erica L. Snow, Laura K. Varner, Danielle S. McNamara

Last modified: 2013-05-19


Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITSs) have begun to develop hybrid systems that balance the learning benefits of ITSs with the motivational benefits of games. iSTART-ME (Motivationally Enhanced) is a new game-based learning environment developed on top of an existing ITS for reading comprehension (iSTART). In an 11 session lab-based study, 40 high school students interacted with the full iSTART-ME system and completed comprehension measures at multiple time points (pretest, posttest, retention, and transfer). The current work examined students’ comprehension outcomes and how they were related to performance within three integrated practice methods: Coached Practice (non-game), Showdown (game-based), and Map Conquest (game-based). Results indicate that performance within the game-based practice environments was positively related to comprehension outcomes, whereas performance within the non-game environment had no relation to subsequent comprehension measures.


educational games; intelligent tutoring systems; comprehension

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