Exploring the Use of Digital Escape Rooms on Postgraduate Students’ Academic Achievement and Intercultural Awareness in Management Education: A Case Study in the UK (75453)

Session Information: Design, Implementation & Assessment of Innovative Technologies in Education
Session Chair: Jenika Gobind

Friday, 24 November 2023 13:40
Session: Session 3
Room: Room 605
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

In the past few decades, there has been a shift from passive face-to-face learning to innovative digital game-based learning which promotes student autonomy and experiential learning. This paper presents an educational intervention that addresses the gap in the literature regarding the impact of Digital Escape Rooms (DERs) in Management Learning and Education offering insights of the adoption of this strategy in the UK. This revolutionary method was employed with 80 postgraduate HRM students in terms of a Global HRM Course. Students were taught various Intercultural management theories in terms of a module. The ultimate goal of this project was to improve students’ interaction, academic achievement, and intercultural awareness responding to the increased demand for hybrid learning strategies catering for all learners' needs. DERs were used as a revision tool to enhance international students’ command of the second language (English) and of cross-cultural theories while working in teams. Learners offered anonymous feedback via Mentimeter after participating in a DER activity before their final group assignment submission. Learners confessed that the use of DERs had a positive impact on student teamwork and learning attitudes, academic achievement, development of intercultural awareness, attendance, retention, and progression. They revealed that DERs increased their autonomy, interest in the theories learnt and bonding as teams. It also helped even low-performing students better understand and retain the theories learnt. This project aspired to support educators, students, and academic managers by offering useful recommendations for the effective use of DER tasks into their existing teaching practices and activities.

Eleni Meletiadou, London Metropolitan University, United Kingdom

About the Presenter(s)
Dr Eleni Meletiadou is a University Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer at London South Bank University in United Kingdom

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