Istituto per le Tecnologie Didattiche     
Ott M., Tavella M. Motivation and engagement in computer-based learning tasks: investigating key contributing factors. In: World Journal on Educational Technology, vol. 2 (1) pp. 1 - 15. Academic World Education & Research Center, 2010.
This paper, drawing on a research project concerning the educational use of digital mind games with primary school students, aims at giving a contribution to the understanding of which are the main factors influencing student motivation during computer-based learning activities. It puts forward some ideas and experience based reflections, starting by considering digital games that are widely recognized as the most promising ICT tools to enhance student motivation. The project results suggest that student genuine engagement in learning activities is mainly related to the actual possession of the skills and of the cognitive capacities needed to perform the task. In this perspective, cognitive overload should be regarded as one of the main reasons contributing to hinder student motivation and, consequently, should be avoided. Other elements such as game attractiveness and experimental setting constraints resulted to have a lower effect on student motivation.
Subject motivation
games-based learning
digital games
primary school

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