Publication Date

Spring 5-3-2021


School of Business


Information Technology


Game-based Learning, Gamification, Education, Learning, Computer Science, Organic Chemistry


Chemistry | Computer Sciences | Educational Technology | Organic Chemistry


Organic chemistry has been taught in the same way for decades, and students still have difficulty understanding and comprehending the subject material. Perhaps it is time to change the methods by which this subject is taught. Video games have been successfully used in education to create learning environments that increase student motivation and engagement as well as challenge students and promote collaboration. It is difficult for students to maintain a growth mindset in organic chemistry within the classroom. However across different genres, video games create a unique environment where an individual is encouraged to try again when they fail. This paper examines the potential that video games have in changing the way organic chemistry is taught to undergraduate students in the classroom.