What Prevents Teachers from Using Games and Gamification Tools in Nordic Schools?

  • Eva BrooksEmail author
  • Salvör Gissurardottir
  • Bjarki Thor Jonsson
  • Skulina Kjartansdottir
  • Robin Isfold Munkvold
  • Hugo Nordseth
  • Helga Isfold Sigurdardottir
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST, volume 265)


This study is based on a survey study distributed in the fall of 2017 in Norway, Denmark, and Iceland. The study was designed by a group of researchers from the Nordplus Horizontal project: Digital Computer Games for Learning in the Nordic Countries, to uncover teachers’ perceived obstacle in regard to using digital game-based learning in teaching situations. The results indicate that the teachers included in this study did not have enough information and knowledge about games and gamification tools to be used in teaching. The findings show that technical obstacles are the most experienced hurdle among the respondents in all three countries when it comes to applying games or gamification tools in teaching activities. There are not many differences to be observed gender wise. A common difference that is worth noticing, is the difference between women and men regarding their reporting on the obstacle ‘knowledge/skills’, where more women claim this to be an obstacle. From these results, the paper proposes three types of digital game-based learning guidelines, namely (1) rhetoric framing of usability and learnability, (2) engagement and (3) creating a guidance areabuilding a DGBL infrastructure. In conclusion, the paper calls for further empirical studies on the actual situation presented in this paper, to reach an informed discussion about questions that are of real concern for many parties, including teachers, school leaders, children and researchers.


Nordic countries Computer games Digital game-based learning Educational games Obstacles of using games in schools 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eva Brooks
    • 1
    Email author
  • Salvör Gissurardottir
    • 2
  • Bjarki Thor Jonsson
    • 3
  • Skulina Kjartansdottir
    • 2
  • Robin Isfold Munkvold
    • 4
  • Hugo Nordseth
    • 4
  • Helga Isfold Sigurdardottir
    • 4
  1. 1.Aalborg UniversityAalborgDenmark
  2. 2.University of IcelandReykjavikIceland
  3. 3.The Comprehensive College at ArmuliReykjavikIceland
  4. 4.Nord UniversitySteinkjerNorway

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