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Gamification has been shown to improve learning in the online classroom. Leaderboards and digital badges, for example, have been successfully used as learning analytic tools which allow students to visualize learning progress. However, the authors found very little research examining the effect of gamification of online discussion boards. Thus, this study addressed the gap via a learning analytic approach designed to develop a gamified, online discussion board using the theoretical foundations of flow theory. The gameboard was evaluated in two sections of an online, graduate business information systems course which were identical with the exception that one course used a gamified discussion board. Overall, the result of a gamified discussion board was an improvement in the intrinsic motivation of the students to engage with the discussion. Further, our findings yield important theoretical and practical implications on how to successfully implement learning analytics via a gamified discussion board.

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