Mobile Game Based Learning: Can it enhance learning of marginalized peer educators?

Roy, Anupama and Sharples, Mike (2015). Mobile Game Based Learning: Can it enhance learning of marginalized peer educators? International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning, 7(1) pp. 1–13.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.4018/ijmbl.2015010101

Abstract

This paper describes an investigatory project to pilot an SMS based game to enhance the training of peer educators of MSM (Males having Sex with Males) groups in India. The objective of this research was to increase the efficacy of the MSM peer educators by bridging the gap between the training needs and their real life experiences. An SMS based game was designed using participatory approaches as a learning support, upholding their real life experiences in game form. The game was designed on an existing platform which provides text role-play games accessed through SMS messages. This paper examines the learning benefits. The findings show that after the intervention the peer educators had better understanding of peer education and organizational support. They also learnt to think critically.

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