Applied Gamification Using Virtual Escape Rooms: Case studies in Entrepreneurial and Anatomy Classes

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Roisin Lyons
Eva Marie Sweeney
Ciara Lynch


Gamification can be applied to a wide spectrum of contexts and disciplines, to provide a rich and experiential learning opportunity for multiple cohorts of students. Escape rooms have potential as an enjoyable and challenging collaborative learning environment, but they require extensive organisation and resources. The use of Google Forms to create a virtual escape room addresses these difficulties but provides a comparable cooperative experience. This paper presents the experiences and recommendations of educators in two third level institutions that implemented Google Form-based virtual escape rooms during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Lyons, R., Sweeney, E. M., & Lynch, C. (2023). Applied Gamification Using Virtual Escape Rooms: Case studies in Entrepreneurial and Anatomy Classes. Irish Journal of Technology Enhanced Learning, 7(1), 36–47.
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Roisin Lyons, Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick, Ireland

Dr Roisin Lyons is a lecturer of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick. She has lectured for over 10 years, in Ireland and internationally, including a number of years in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Her research focuses on innovation (open source innovation, entrepreneurial tendency development), social and sustainable enterprise, and pedagogy (hackathons, gamification, experiential activities for large-class contexts). She has published in journals such as International Entrepreneurship Management Journal, IJEBR, Journal of Management Education, and Small Business Economics. Rosin is very engaged in community entrepreneurship initiatives and industry collaborations (StartupWeekDublin, co-founder of OSV/OSVX Covid response, Enactus, Young Scientist). A former science teacher, Roisin holds a Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship Education and a M.Sc. in Business Management.