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      Evaluating Design Elements for Digital Educational Games on Programming: A Pilot Study

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      The 26th BCS Conference on Human Computer Interaction (HCI)

      Human Computer Interaction

      12 - 14 September 2012

      Digital educational games, Programming, Design elements, Design requirements, Learning effect

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          Digital educational games (DEGs) are increasingly recognized as a promising tool for learning. To deepen the understanding of how two key components – content and player – of DEG contribute to learning effects, we developed a model on game elements. It informed the creation of a mini-game on programming, which was evaluated with 50 computer science undergraduates as a pilot study. Data were collected with questionnaires on background, domain-specific knowledge as well as user perception and with a screen cast recorder. Results show that most of the design requirements derived from the model were met. Pre-knowledge was found to be a significant factor influencing user perception. Implications to future work on implementing design elements such as feedback are drawn.

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          Conference
          September 2012
          September 2012
          : 245-250
          Affiliations
          Department of Computer Science

          University of Leicester

          Leicester, LE1 7RH, UK
          Article
          10.14236/ewic/HCI2012.32
          © Stephanie Heintz et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. The 26th BCS Conference on Human Computer Interaction, Birmingham, UK

          This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

          The 26th BCS Conference on Human Computer Interaction
          HCI
          26
          Birmingham, UK
          12 - 14 September 2012
          Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
          Human Computer Interaction
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          Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
          Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
          Categories
          Electronic Workshops in Computing

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