Challenges and Opportunities in Using Digital Pedagogy for Game-Based Architecture Education: A Case in China

Silvia Albano*, Wan Meng, Wenruo Xu, Na Li

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Digital pedagogy (DP) has received increasing attention from different disciplines to study the dedicated use of contemporary digital technologies (e.g., virtual learning environments and digital media platforms) for inclusive and personalized learning and teaching. Applying DP appropriately can help teachers to shift from traditional instruction methods towards more interactive and engaging approaches for high-quality education. Under the umbrella of DP, digital game-based learning (DGBL) represents a pedagogical approach that utilizes interactive and immersive digital games to nourish the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills for student-centred active learning. However, how teachers can apply DGBL effectively in architecture education is still being determined. We conducted a qualitative case study to explore student engagement after implementing the DGBL pedagogy supported by H5P escape room learning activities in an architecture course with 121 university students. Our study found that the game elements and the characteristics of Architecture education influenced students’ learning engagement in four aspects (behavioural, emotional, cognitive and social). The main research findings contribute to digital pedagogy by extending people’s understanding of the DGBL’s impact on learner engagement with rich empirical data. Limitations and practical implications were discussed for future development.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCreativity in the Age of Digital Reproduction
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherSpringer Singapore
Number of pages8
Volumevol. 343
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-97-0621-1
ISBN (Print)978-981-97-0620-4
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2024
Duration: 11 Nov 202312 Nov 2023

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Civil Engineering
ISSN (Print)2366-2557
ISSN (Electronic)2366-2565


ConferenceXARCH SYMPOSIUM 2023


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