Investigating Gamification and Learning Analytics Tools for Promoting and Measuring Communities of Inquiry in Moodle Courses

  • Maria TzelepiEmail author
  • Ioannis Petroulis
  • Kyparisia Papanikolaou
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 1007)


This article proposes the use of gamification techniques to motivate students and cultivate the sense of a Community of Inquiry (CoI) through asynchronous discussions. Prior research is being examined to identify essential factors in relation to Communities of Inquiry. These factors provide key insights for the development of a CoI through the asynchronous discussions and thus, they guide the selection of learning analytic tools and gamification mechanisms within the course. In this article it is proposed that measuring and exploring the aforementioned factors by the instructors through learning analytics for rewarding good social practice through gamification, promotes cognitive presence. This process is relevant to educators interested in developing critical thinking skills and may serve to support them redesign the course or teaching interventions.


Communities of Inquiry Gamification Learning analytics Moodle 



This work has been (co-)financed by the Greek School of Pedagogical and Technological Education through the operational program “Research strengthening in ASPETE”: “Enhancing Communities of Inquiry through Learning Analytics and Gamification”.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria Tzelepi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ioannis Petroulis
    • 1
  • Kyparisia Papanikolaou
    • 2
  1. 1.National and Kapodistrian University of AthensAthensGreece
  2. 2.School of Pedagogical and Technological EducationAthensGreece

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