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Spaced Repetition in Mobile Learning Games - A Cure to Bulimic Learning?

, , HSW - University of Applied Sciences, Germany ; , University of Bamberg, Germany

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E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada ISBN 978-1-939797-31-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA


Bulimic learning describes a strategy for learning with the goal of preparing for a test or an exam Students start learning the last days before an exam and usually forget most of the learned content soon after While this strategy is in most cases sufficient for achieving good grades or at least to pass a course, it undermines the goal of learning for future tasks and challenges This paper analyses the learning patterns of higher education students in a dual study program based on a survey and discusses ways to change their learning strategies to more sustainable ones It also discusses motivational factors and introduces mobile learning games as a promising vehicle for more sustaining learning strategies, such as Spaced Repetitions


Schimanke, F., Mertens, R. & Schmid, U. (2017). Spaced Repetition in Mobile Learning Games - A Cure to Bulimic Learning?. In J. Dron & S. Mishra (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 955-964). Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved February 15, 2019 from .

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