Exploring the effect of achievements on students attending university orientation

Fitz-Walter, Zachary, Wyeth, Peta, Tjondronegoro, Dian W., & Johnson, Daniel M. (2014) Exploring the effect of achievements on students attending university orientation. In Proceedings of the First ACM SIGCHI Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play (CHI Play 2014), Association for Computing Machinery, Radisson Admiral Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, pp. 87-96.

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University orientation is a key event for new students that aids in the transition from a school to a university environment. A smartphone orientation application was built to aid students attending the event. Achievements were added to the application in an attempt to engage students further with the orientation activities and application. An exploratory field study was undertaken to evaluate the effect of the achievement system on participants attending orientation. Forty-six new students were recruited to test the orientation application. Twenty-six participants used a gamified version of the orientation application and twenty participants used a non-gamified version. While the gamification was generally well received, no impact on user experience was evident. Some effect on engagement with orientation activities was shown. Participants who used the gamified system reported the game elements as fun, but some negative issues arose, such as cheating.

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ID Code: 76480
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Gamification, Achievements, Badges, Student Engagement, University Orientation, Smartphone, User Experience, HERN
DOI: 10.1145/2658537.2658700
ISBN: 978-1-4503-3014-5
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Computer-Human Interaction (080602)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > Schools > School of Information Systems
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 ACM
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Deposited On: 02 Oct 2014 01:42
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