The use of gamification in learning applications
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The aim of this thesis was to investigate and identify the elements of gamification used in learning applications and how they affect user experience. The three main research questions were How are gamification elements used in learning applications?", Do the gamification elements create a good user experience?" and Is there any evidence that learning is taking place?" The research included desk work, literature survey, and field trial in order to attempt answering the research questions. With an analysis of different chosen games, a list over gamification elements was created, which became the base for the testing sessions with several participants. The data from the sessions was collected and analyzed before being used in a discussion with other theoretical work. The conclusion of the research was that the integration of gamification elements into learning applications has a positive outcome for most of the users, as it creates motivation. However, further research is required; both on gamification in general, and on its role in learning applications.