A Case Study Exploration of How Online Faculty Members Perceive Game-based Learning

A Case Study Exploration of How Online Faculty Members Perceive Game-based Learning

Author: 
Helen Schleckser
Program of study: 
Ed.D./ET
Abstract: 
Career readiness in a global, interconnected world is a universal concern. Talent shortages throughout the world are massive, suggesting the need for substantial changes in career readiness approaches. In the United States lack of qualified workers results in several million unfilled jobs each year. Reports prepared by The U.S. Department of Education Office of Educational Technology (OET) suggest that practices that capitalize on technology may decrease the gap between education and career readiness. Although game-based learning is prevalent throughout higher education, its role in supporting career readiness is unclear. The purpose of this qualitative, single case study was to explore how faculty members perceive game-based learning. Semi-structured online questionnaires, semi-structured follow-up interviews, and archived data in the form of a report series from Tyton Group entitled Time for Class: Lessons for the Future of Digital Courseware in Higher Education, were used to explore the main research question, How can game-based learning enhance career readiness? Research results provide opportunities to improve career readiness by capitalizing on instructional technology such as game-based learning, thus contributing to cycles of continuous instructional improvement.
Dedication: 
This was an adventure like no other, dedicated to Bill, my husband for over 35 years, my soul mate, and my best friend forever. You’ve always been there, traveling all those sundry paths of our lives together, and connecting all the rainbows. Thank You!
Acknowledgements: 
Nothing in this world can be accomplished alone and I am truly grateful for every person who helped along the way. However, one person stands out among the rest as the true life force for this journey. Thank you Dr. Elisabeth “Alfie” Weinbaum, the wisest mentor, most knowledgeable teacher, and now lifelong friend! Also, thank you Dr. Mark Kass, for your professional guidance, your grounded, practical perspectives, and your global views. Also, thank you Dr. Alfred “Kent” Van Cleave for your professional guidance, leadership views, and recognition of the interconnectedness of all people and all things. Finally, thank you Dr. Eva Leitman, the quiet voice with the strong spirit.