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Implementing Game Mechanics for Crowdsourced Language Learning
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering, Department of Computer and Information Science.
2014 (English)MasteroppgaveStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Mobile phones and other digital devices has become a big part of our everyday lives. We have stepped into a digital age where the amount of information contributed by us to the Internet has exploded. We are using applications and online services for purposes such as personal entertainment and personal education. More and more services and sites bases itself on the contributions of its users, and without these contributions, the system will stagnate and falter. We share and learn from each other in the form of text and media. This thesis takes a closer look on how the use of game attributes can be used to make contributions to the crowdsourced language learning application Lingobee self-driven and more fun. These attributes are introduced in an attempt to harness some of their motivational properties to further engage the users. The technological delivery presented with this thesis is a prototype with implemented game mechanics and connection to Lingobees repository. The game mechanics that are implemented focuses on creating an implicit competition amongst the users of Lingobee. The application was tested and evaluated by eight testers with different backgrounds and knowledge about gamification during a period of three weeks. The research achievement was evaluating the results from the user evaluation, and the testers perception of the applications usefulness and usability. It was discovered that the chosen game mechanics implemented was considered to promote both motivation and engagement amongst testers, and the results can be used in the further development of the application Lingobee.

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Institutt for datateknikk og informasjonsvitenskap , 2014. , 146 p.
URN: urn:nbn:no:ntnu:diva-26750Local ID: ntnudaim:10225OAI: diva2:751060
Available from: 2014-09-30 Created: 2014-09-30 Last updated: 2014-09-30Bibliographically approved

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