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DOI:   10.3217/jucs-021-02-0161


Design and Assessment of Adaptive Hypermedia Games for English Acquisition in Preschool

J. Enrique Agudo (University of Extremadura, Spain)

Mercedes Rico (University of Extremadura, Spain)

Héctor Sánchez (University of Extremadura, Spain)

Abstract: The increasing popularity of hypermedia games is reaching far beyond the boundaries of entertainment and edging its way into many educational domains. The growth in game technologies has created new teaching environments through proposals combining learning with fun and motivating expectations which make the use of digital games a relevant trend in versatile learning situations at all educational levels. Based on the implementation of the Shaiex project, funded by the government of Extremadura (Spain) and develop by the research group GexCALL, the aim of this paper is twofold. First, it analyses the steps and requirements for the design of adaptive games for the teaching of English as a foreign language at the preschool level. Exploring the general premises for task adaptation by personalizing content to children's needs and abilities, the implementation of the whole design is described in light of its applicability. Second, an assessment of the adaptive games designed is conducted, based on the assumption that selecting developmentally appropriate digital experiences to meet users' expectations and to maximize their learning potential should undergo careful evaluation.

Keywords: adaptive learning, eLearning systems/technology/tools/platforms, game based learning/gaming, hypertext and hypermedia

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