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Enhancing Student Assignment Completion Through Gamified Mobile Applications: A Motivational Approach

Rahman, Shah


Shah Rahman



This thesis explores the design of digital tools to encourage motivation for students in higher education. A design is proposed for an original prototype app that makes use of gamification techniques. Theories on improving motivation are discussed in the literature and those most suited to be implemented within a digital prototype are selected. To measure how well the prototype performs, we specifically use the delivery for coursework to be handed in a timely manner as a metric. User consultation in the form of a questionnaire is used to create part of the specification used in the prototype design. The prototype app is tested on a limited number of participants and the results reported. Results show that students using a mobile application with gamification features would be motivated to start their assignments earlier and be motivated to complete them on time however results also show that specific gamification features have more split opinions than others for e.g., the extrinsic rewards that users can earn when completing assignments and challenges. These rewards have very little tangible value to them so when earned by users, it doesn’t provide much nor does it motivate them to want to achieve more, users would prefer rewards that have a direct impact on them for e.g., being able to extend assignment deadlines. The Thesis offers theoretical and practical contributions to research and design of motivation and the use of gamification in a mobile application.


Rahman, S. (2023). Enhancing Student Assignment Completion Through Gamified Mobile Applications: A Motivational Approach. (Thesis). University of Hull. Retrieved from

Thesis Type Thesis
Deposit Date Feb 27, 2024
Publicly Available Date Mar 7, 2024
Public URL
Additional Information Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education
University of Hull
Award Date Feb 8, 2024


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