In this session we present PapyGame and how both teachers and students can play with it. We have defined a challenge available at the following link https://www.papygame.com/challenges/, where participants can also play and compete each other.
This scenario takes place in a software design course for master students. In this challenge, the main elements of the learning process are lectures and an assignment to submit. Students are taught concepts and principles during lectures, and are required to apply this new knowledge through one assignment. Additional exercises are available for them to practice more according to this rule : the more a student practices and succeeds, the simpler his assignment will be. Such exercises are gamified according to 3 mechanisms. The first one is based on the use of game mechanisms such as the Hangman or On Your Own. The second mechanism is based on obtaining experience (XP) and gold coins. Each passed level unlocks the next exercise and brings its share of XP and gold coins. 10 gold coins allow the student to remove one « thing » to be done in their assignment.
The accumulated XP can be used to buy additional gold coins. The third mechanism refers to the virtual teacher who explains the rules and exercises and congratulates students on their performance.
To start a PapyGame session, the player must first enter their login and password. Once connected, PapyGame displays a Dashboard representing the series of the player. A series consists of a succession of levels which each feature a new exercise. We can see that the player subscribed to a series during their Bachelor course (B.SE) and that they are currently progressing within a series associated with their Master (M.SE) For each series, all levels are displayed. The completed (successfully) ones are displayed in orange with the corresponding number of gold coins rewarded. Remaining levels are colored in grey with a lock except for the first one which is the next level to be played (unlocked). The Dashboard shows on the left the amount of XP and gold coins accumulated.
To play an unlocked level, the player can click it to start the loading of its associated game.
To install the PapyGame and see it in action, with an illustrative video, you can visit our website at https://www.papygame.com/