A1 Journal article (refereed)
Learning teamwork through a computer game : for the sake of performance or collaborative learning? (2021)

Riivari, E., Kivijärvi, M., & Lämsä, A.-M. (2021). Learning teamwork through a computer game : for the sake of performance or collaborative learning?. Educational technology research and development, 69(3), 1753-1771. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11423-021-10009-4

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Publication details

All authors or editorsRiivari, Elina; Kivijärvi, Marke; Lämsä, Anna-Maija

Journal or seriesEducational technology research and development



Publication year2021

Publication date01/06/2021


Issue number3

Pages range1753-1771

PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media LLC

Publication countryUnited States

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessPartially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/76184


Our study examined using a computer-based learning game as a tool to facilitate teaching and learning teamwork skills. The game was applied to an undergraduate level human resource management course at a business school in Finland. We focused on students’ experiences and key learning outcomes of collaborative learning of teamwork skills through the game, and our analysis highlighted two key features of learning outcomes. First, the computer-based learning game promoted students’ self-reflection and evaluation of their individual team roles. Second, although the game taught students the importance of continuous information sharing in teamwork, their evaluation of team outcomes was performance driven; students predominantly took team efficiency as a sign of good teamwork. This case revealed the benefits and challenges of using computer-based learning games as a pedagogical tool. We identified what is required from lecturers and students for the game to be successful, and how team values other than performance could be learned through the game.

Keywordseducational gamescomputer gamesgamesteamsteamworklearningcollaborative learningsocial inclusionleadership (activity)self-evaluationreflection (cognitive processes)tertiary educationlearning resultssimulation

Free keywordshigher education; computer simulation game; collaborative learning; leadership; teamwork skills

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Ministry reportingYes

Reporting Year2021

JUFO rating1

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