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Nurse Educ. 2013 Sep-Oct;38(5):184-5. doi: 10.1097/NNE.0b013e3182a0e540.

Enhancing learning: A comparison of lecture and gaming outcomes.

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  • 1School of Nursing, Jacksonville University, Florida 32211, USA. mgipson@ju.edu

Abstract

Contrary to what we anticipated, our outcomes indicated that learning and satisfaction with learning were no different between the traditional lecture group and the educational gaming group. Learners in the gaming group scored on the examination just as well as, but no higher than, did those in the lecture group. Similarly, students in the gaming group were just as, but no more, satisfied with their learning than were students in the lecture group. Of note, both teaching/learning strategies were shown to be effective for learning with students earning a B average on the examination. Likewise, students in both groups were very satisfied with their respective teaching/learning strategies. Given that our assessment did not support gaming as a superior teaching/learning strategy over lecture, what remains now is the need for a longitudinal study to determine if there are differences in long-term learning. As we implement creative methods of instruction, it is also important to test their effectiveness to ensure that the teaching-learning process is evidence based.

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