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  • 2951.
    Westin, Thomas
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    500 gamers access2010Ingår i: Computer Games, Multimedia and Allied Technology 10 Proceedings, 2010Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
  • 2952.
    Westin, Thomas
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Community Driven Adaptation of Game Based Learning Content for Cognitive Accessibility2016Ingår i: Proceedings of The 10th European Conference on Games Based Learning: The University of the West of Scotland, Paisley, Scotland, 6-7 October 2016 / [ed] Thomas Connolly, Liz Boyle, Academic Conferences Publishing, 2016, s. 781-787Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Computer games have great potential both for learning purposes and to overcome cognitive disabilities such as dyslexia, but many games are unnecessarily inaccessible by design for many gamers. There are few games accessible for people with cognitive impairments and cognition is also less researched regarding game accessibility. This gap is especially problematic when using games in educational contexts; both regarding universal human rights of education and equality but also because understanding content is central in a learning situation. Furthermore, game based learning projects often have very limited budgets, restraining to what extent game content can be adapted by the developers. However, computer games are increasingly required to be accessible due to legislation in the USA, which will benefit all gamers to different degrees. The problem is that adapting content usually requires human intervention and extra resources, which are limited for all game developers but especially so for GBL developers and independent entertainment game developers. Involving the game community could be a possible approach for many developers, but how community driven adaptation of textbased content for cognitive accessibility could be achieved is not a trivial question. A possible approach to close the gap in a sustainable way is a community driven adaption of content such as transforming text into a simplified form, while maintaining meaning of the text and keeping the game balanced. This interdisciplinary, theoretical study discusses these issues based upon academic papers in computer games, learning, social psychology, linguistics, biology, human computer interaction and accessibility. The findings explain what simplified text is and what it means in the context of games, as well as how game balance can be achieved in different approaches of games and learning. Furthermore, the findings are discussed regarding motivations for the game community for contributing with simplified texts, and how to create accessible interfaces for selecting the highest-rated simplified texts. Concluding remarks are that community based adaptation can be preferred to – or be used in conjunction with – automated and/or individual solutions. Also, how to design a ranking system for acknowledging authors is discussed as well as what social psychology techniques can be used to increase user participation. Handling abuse of the system is important, as well as considering different challenges for different forms of games (real-time/turn-based, multi-player/single-player) and different approaches to games and learning. Finally, future work with participatory action research and potential benefits for people with other disabilities is discussed.

  • 2953.
    Westin, Thomas
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Game accessibility case study: Terraformers - a real-time 3D graphic game2004Ingår i: Proc. 5th Intl Conf. on Disability, Virtual Reality and Assoc. Technologies, Whiteknights, Reading, RG6 6AY, UK: Paul Sharkey, Rachel McCrindle & David Brown , 2004Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
  • 2954.
    Westin, Thomas
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Game Not Over: Accessibility Issues in Video Games2005Ingår i: HCI International 2005: 11th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, 2005Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
  • 2955.
    Westin, Thomas
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Inclusion in digital culture: Issues of formal education and computer games2014Licentiatavhandling, sammanläggning (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
    Abstract [en]

    Education is a human right but many pupils in Sweden, especially boys, have trouble of grading in school. Formal education exists to socialise young people in society, which today is characterised by a digital culture, where playing computer games is one of the most common youth activities. However, previous research has shown: barriers of using games in school; different views of games in school (e.g. as tools or culture); and that the potential for social inclusion through games should be investigated further. Related to this, there are also issues of accessibility in games. As the games in this study are commercial products and guidelines exist for how to achieve game accessibility, one issue of game accessibility concerns investment. Thus, the problem in this study is: The barriers of the formal education system related to games as well as the issues of games related to accessibility are obstacles, which have to be addressed from the perspective of inclusion.

    Based on the problem, two questions were investigated. The first question was: -When situations were found where the learning worked, how were meaningful affordances created by the pupils? This was studied with ethnography in an upper secondary education designed for gamers (P2) between 2010 and 2012. P2 was aimed at youth who have had different but significant issues in traditional school, and a strong interest in games. Data was collected with semi-structured interviews, participatory observation and various media files and game environments created by the pupils. Analysis was made iteratively with both abductive and retroductive approaches, where tentative hypotheses were created and rejected along the way. The results show that the pupils’ affordances made them interested in attending formal education, in contrast to their previous school experiences. However, when P2 was transformed into traditional education, the affordances broke down.

    The second question was: - Can implementation of solutions for increased accessibility with focus on cognitive impairments give return on investment for game developers? A web-based survey was conducted, sent to ~100 game producers in Sweden and the USA. Based upon previous research with census data of people with disabilities, it was calculated that ~4% of the population (those with cognitive impairments) would benefit from following available game accessibility guidelines. The questions concerned the number of man-hours each of the basic guidelines. The results showed that it would require ~3% of the total budget. As this is less than the number of potential gamers who would benefit from the guidelines, it indicates that return on investment can be achieved. The return on investment is also discussed from goal rational and value rational points of view. Finally, further research is presented.

  • 2956.
    Westin, Thomas
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Inclusive Digital Socialisation: Designs of Education and Computer Games in a Global Context2017Doktorsavhandling, sammanläggning (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
    Abstract [en]

    Digital socialisation is to learn the ways of living online, across national borders, local cultures and societies and has to be inclusive for equal participation. Conditions for this socialisation process are different due to both local and individual limitations. In a high-income country like Sweden, playing computer games are one of the most common practices for digital socialisation among youth online (digital youth), but rarely in school with teachers. Thus, there is limited institutionalised support taking responsibility for the socialisation process online of digital youth. As contrast, in a lower middle-income country like Sri Lanka, telecentres provide holistic community services with free access to computer hardware and sometimes also Internet to bridge an internal digital divide. However, there are still several barriers for inclusive digital socialisation, such as shortage of teachers, infrastructure, accessibility and a language barrier. The problem is that digital youth have to overcome barriers for inclusive digital socialisation, often with limited institutionalised support. Game oriented education (GOE) is a potential approach to bridge these barriers. Thematic questions were: How can environments for inclusive digital socialisation be designed for digital youth who: T1) are gamers that are excluded in school; T2) are living in underprivileged communities; and/or T3) have disabilities and play games? A related thematic main question is: T4) how can education about game accessibility be designed for game developers? Within a design science framework, ethnography showed that GOE with entertainment games enabled gamers excluded in Swedish schools to be included, but could not be sustained by the schools. GOE workshops about programming were a possible way to raise awareness about ICT opportunities at Sri Lankan telecentres. Furthermore, a game prototype for deaf versus blind was demonstrated in workshops within formal education settings in Sweden and Sri Lanka, exploring a design method. Finally, two international online surveys provided data for designing a game accessibility curriculum framework, based upon opinions from researchers and game developers. Conclusions are that GOE may be an environment for inclusive digital socialisation, if it is: 1) sustained in the educational social system; 2) enabled within limits of ICTD; and 3) accessible for digital youth with disabilities. The latter requires: 4) education for game developers. This thesis shows how these requirements may be fulfilled, enabling GOE as a design to achieve inclusive digital socialisation in a global context.

  • 2957.
    Westin, Thomas
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Large Scale Game Accessibility: A survey of possible engine independent solutions2012Ingår i:  :  , 2012Konferensbidrag (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
    Abstract [en]

    This was a keynote presentation at the International Conference on Translation and Accessibility in Video Games and Virtual Worlds. Computer games use various modalities for interaction, depending on e.g. the platform or game genre. Keys or buttons (mouse, keyboard, controllers etc), gestures (joystick, mouse, body), voice commands, speech feedback (samples or syntheziser), interactive music, haptics, biofeedback (EMG, EEG, EOG signals). The list goes on. The Sony Playstation Eyetoy and Singstar, the Nintendo Wii, the Apple iPhone and the Microsoft Kinect are all examples of commercial success for multimodal interaction. Multimodality has reached the masses thanks to this development of consumer affordable hardware. Game accessibility relies on multimodal interaction. Sight disabled gamers use e.g. braille, speech synthezis, voice commands and spatial audio to interact with games. Gamers with mobility or dexterity disabilities use a range of different special or modified hardware controllers. Deaf gamers rely on subtitles, closed captioning, visualization of sounds or modifications to represent audio with haptics. Some solutions are included in operative systems while other solutions are more or less affordable. Some solutions require technical expertise by the gamer or by the game developers to implement. Compared with a PC, game consoles and handhelds as well as tablets and phones are harder to adapt due to a more closed system design. On the PC platform accessibility is more independent of the original designer. Game accessibility has been improved by a number of developers and researchers over the years. All of these contributions are important and often done with small or no funding. However, it has proven hard to create accessibility solutions on a large scale, say for an entire game genre across platforms or for all games on a specific platform. Design guidelines exist inspired by the W3C guidelines for web accessibility. Game engines may use XML for various purposes but there is far from a standard markup language across engines and platforms, as is the case with the web. This is one of many reasons a generic approach is harder to implement for games. The question then, is: How may game accessibility be achieved on a large scale for as many disabled as possible, in the near future? Based upon the above some conclusions can be made. Game accessibility may benefit from affordable and common multimodal consumer products. Other available software and hardware on the PC platform may be used to enhance accessibility, e.g. automated translation, analysis and transformation of content to be accessible to the user’s needs. User generated content can be used to improve where the automated approach fails (e.g. Google Translate and corrections by users). A first large-scale attempt should be made for PCs, which are easier to modify than consoles, tablets or phones. This paper presents a concept the author calls engine independence (EI). This means that the accessibility solutions act in parallell to the game, rather than being directly integrated with the game engine. This way, game accessibility solutions may be scaled without the need of standardization.

  • 2958.
    Westin, Thomas
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Return of the Gamer: Perceptions of the Digital Room2012Ingår i: Designs for Learning 2012: 3rd International Conference Exploring Learning Environments. Conference Proceedings, København: Aalborg Universitet København , 2012, s. 171-173Konferensbidrag (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper presents an ethnographic study of the Digital Room, a secondary education designed for “gamers”. They are pupils who had left school and have a strong interest in digital culture, mainly commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) computer games. The study is based on interviews with, and observations of pupils. The problem of the traditional school is investigated through their perception of what makes the Digital Room work

  • 2959.
    Westin, Thomas
    et al.
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Bierre, Kevin
    Rochester Institute of Technology, , Department of Interactive Games and Media.
    Gramenos, Dimitris
    Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas, , .
    Hinn, Michelle
    Pursuit of Happiness Foundation, , .
    Advances in Game Accessibility from 2005 to 20102011Ingår i: HCI International, Florida: Springer , 2011Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [sv]

    Forskningen inom tillgänglighet för datorspel har ökat markant sedan den undersöktes senast 2005. Detta papper undersöker forskningen som utförts mellan 2005 till 2010. Vi valde en uppsättning papper om ämnen som vi kände representerade hela området, men vi kunde inte inkludera alla papper i området. En sammanfattning av forskningen som vi undersökt presenteras, med förslag på framtida forskning inom tillgänglighet för datorspel. Förhoppningen är att denna summering kan uppmana andra att utföra ytterligare forskning inom detta område.

  • 2960.
    Westin, Thomas
    et al.
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Dupire, Jerome
    Design of a Curriculum Framework for Raising Awareness of Game Accessibility2016Ingår i: Computers Helping People with Special Needs: 15th International Conference, ICCHP 2016, Linz, Austria, July 13-15, 2016, Proceedings, Part I / [ed] Klaus Miesenberger, Christian Bühler, Petr Penaz, 2016, s. 501-508Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    While game accessibility is well researched, many game developers lack awareness of issues and solutions and there is no framework to support educators in teaching about game accessibility. This study is based on an international survey to accessibility researchers, as well as people in the game industry and related communities. The quantitative data shows the most weighted topics in a curriculum, and the qualitative data provides detailed quotes to explain how a curriculum framework could be designed. Results also show that there is a need to change attitudes to game accessibility, but also to focus on practice, basic concepts and needs of disabled in an introductory course, while an advanced course could focus more on theory and solutions which are harder to implement. Future research is to follow-up this study to further validate our conclusions.

  • 2961.
    Westin, Thomas
    et al.
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Dupire, Jerome
    Evaluation and Redesign of a Curriculum Framework for Education About Game Accessibility2016Ingår i: Entertainment Computing - ICEC 2016: 15th IFIP TC 14 International Conference, Vienna, Austria, September 28-30, 2016, Proceedings / [ed] Günter Wallner, Simone Kriglstein, Helmut Hlavacs, Rainer Malaka, Artur Lugmayr, Hyun-Seung Yang, 2016, s. 217-222Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Game Accessibility (GA) has been brought to the front of the video game landscape thanks to a recent but major change in the US law called the Communications and Video Accessibility Act; GA is now a legal obligation for game developers in the US. However, there is a gap between legislation and practice of GA. This study is based upon a previous tentative curriculum framework (TCF) for GA. The questions are: What are the opinions among educators and game developers regarding the TCF? How could the TCF be redesigned? To answer the questions, the TCF was surveyed with practitioners and researchers in the GA community. This paper presents an evaluation and redesign of the TCF, divided into different categories, depending on the students’ profiles, scopes and skills. Furthermore, how the curriculum content can be created and shared is also discussed, as well as future work.

  • 2962.
    Westin, Thomas
    et al.
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Furöstam, Malin
    Yasasindhu, Roy
    Norberg, Lena
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Wiklund, Mats
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Mozelius, Peter
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Balancing Game Universes for Playing Without Sight or Hearing2015Ingår i: AAATE 2015, IOS Press , 2015Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
  • 2963.
    Westin, Thomas
    et al.
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Lange, Göran
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Gamers versus the Index2012Ingår i: Creative Education, ISSN 2151-4755, E-ISSN 2151-4771, Vol. 3, nr 8B, s. 25-30Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper presents an ethnographic study of pupils within a trial programme (P2), aimed at developing an upper secondary education for so-called ‘gamers’ who had ‘dropped out’ of school. It was done to fol-low up a previous trial programme (P1), since many young persons have problems with school. The main question examined here is: If we found situations where the learning worked, by means of social respon-sitivity, what components were active? How were meaningful affordances created? The trials may be un-derstood from a historical perspective on orality and literacy. Print enabled words to be embedded in space as indexes (tables, lists etc) rather than in time (as orality implies). The index is practiced at the core of traditional school today, with attendance lists and schedules (controlling time and space) and school-books (finalizing the word). Digital culture challenges these structures where the word is not as finalized, and literacy may include other modalities than writing. School is a culture conservative context, which fights back this transformation with more control, through the use of indexes and constraints on digital culture. As contrast, P2 replaced the schedule with full workdays. This enabled the use of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) computer games, especially massively multiplayer online (MMO) games, as re-placement for schoolbooks (not all books). The study is based on interviews with the pupils as well as daily participatory observations for two years. Further, data about attendance over two years and grades at the start and end of P2 are presented. The results show that most of the pupils returned to school, became interested in learning again and got grades. They expressed a sense of freedom, which is closely related to the voluntary aspect of playing a game. In other words, to do things for the sake of the actitivity itself, ra-ther than some external learning goal. The paper concludes with a comparison between P2 and traditional school, based upon the study and suggests future research. A review of related research is also included.

  • 2964.
    Westin, Thomas
    et al.
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Lange, Göran
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Wiklund, Mats
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Norberg, Lena
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Mozelius, Peter
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    System Design Requirements for Formal Education Based on COTS Entertainment Computer Games2015Ingår i: ECGBL 2015, Academic Conferences Publishing , 2015Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Computer games can be designed as tools for school, but formal education can also be game-oriented based on dialogue enabling the use of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) entertainment games. The latter design was applied in two upper-secondary school trial educations, called the Digital Room. A problem is that teachers have to grade pupils based on assessment of the learning process through playing COTS games together with the pupils, while retaining compliance with the school regulations which can also change over time. The question is: what are the requirements for designing a system supporting teachers in bridging this gap? This paper describes and compares two trials of the Digital Room, enabling a long-term study between 2003-2013 with secondary school pupils and teachers. To answer the question in this paper, teachers from both trials were interviewed and situations were analysed based on a critical realist approach. Lack of time to manage and reflect on the documentation for assessment was a critical part of the results, and a teacher support system was explicitly asked for. Knowing what to document was crucial as games have many modes of expression, and understanding how to assess what has been documented was the hardest part. Conclusions are that a knowledge management system (KMS) could aid teachers in supporting each pupil to fulfil their goals and the requirements of the existing school system. Due to the expressed lack of time for management and assessment of documentation, the KMS should compile the data of each pupil’s actions in the game as basis for grading. Further, this KMS could be used for further learning by combining explicated knowledge from the socialisation process. Pupils could also add explicit information to the KMS about findings on the Internet and from oral dialogue with peers and teachers. Thus, the KMS must enable multimodal expressions to be as accessible as possible, including pupils with impairments. Information must be searchable and sortable which can be a challenge to achieve with other modes of expression than text. Further, the KMS design has to include both pupils and teachers in evaluations, and be easy to adapt when new regulations create new conditions. Future research includes implementing and evaluating the system in a similar game-oriented formal education context outside of traditional school.

  • 2965.
    Westin, Thomas
    et al.
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Männikkö Barbutiu, Sirkku
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Perera, Harsha
    Anuradha, Upul
    Game Based Learning of Programming in Underprivileged Communities of Sri Lanka2016Ingår i: Proceedings of the 10th European Conference on Games Based Learning: The University of the West of Scotland, Paisley, Scotland, 6-7 October 2016 / [ed] Thomas Connolly, Liz Boyle, Academic Conferences Publishing, 2016, s. 773-780Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Game based learning (GBL) has emerged during the last decade in so-called high-income countries with good access to computers, while many low and middle-income countries are starting to explore GBL and its potential in education. For instance, the increased use of smartphones in Sri Lanka provides better opportunities to play games. Furthermore, a first GBL course at the University of Colombo was organised in 2015. In this study, an effort to raise awareness of the various possibilities of ICTs within underprivileged communities of Sri Lanka was made. A free, web-based game for learning programming was used at two different telecentres during three workshops, with three different age groups: 1) 14 students aged 10-18; 2) 19 students aged 8-16; and 3) 18 school leavers aged 15-20. Telecentres are places providing access to computers, Internet and various services. The progress of participants through the game was observed and notes were taken during the workshops, followed up by group interviews, and a survey of all participants. Our findings show that the participants found the game to be fun and of medium difficulty level. They also expressed that they need to learn English better and improve their computer skills to be able to learn more programming. Despite the limited Internet access, limited number of computers, and language barriers, most students and school leavers completed between 10 to 15 puzzles, including programming concepts of commands, conditions and events. The youngest participants (8 years old) completed at least 5 puzzles. From our results we conclude that without prior programming experience, all the participants became motivated to learn more about programming within the 1.5 hours of the workshop with this GBL approach. This indicates that the learning curve of the GBL approach to learn programming is considerably low whereas the motivation to learn through GBL is high. Furthermore, the GBL approach has good potential to raise awareness of learning opportunities at telecentres. Skills in programming games and related ICT skills can be beneficial for the whole community; it may enable further development of services and designs addressing the local needs. In our future work we aim to follow-up through online communication with the participants regarding how they can continue to learn more about programming and other ICT skills.

  • 2966.
    Westin, Thomas
    et al.
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Nordeson, Stig
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Operative Series (OpS): a platform independent carrier mechanism for game accessibility and AI2009Ingår i: Computer Games, Multimedia and Allied Technology 09 Proceedings, United Kingdom: Dr. Edmond Prakash , 2009, nr 1Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
  • 2967.
    Westin, Thomas
    et al.
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Näckros, Kjell
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Game Accessibility Implementation Model (GAIM)2008Ingår i: Computer Games & Allied Technology '08- Animation, Multimedia, IPTV & Edutainment, 3 Anson Road, #32-00, Springleaf Tower, Singapore 079909: Edmond Prakash , 2008Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
  • 2968.
    Westin, Thomas
    et al.
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Söderström, David
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Karlsson, Olov
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Peiris, Ranil
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Inclusive competitive game play through balanced sensory feedbackManuskript (preprint) (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
  • 2969.
    Westin, Thomas
    et al.
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Söderström, David
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Karlsson, Olov
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Peiris, Ranill
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Inclusive Competitive Game Play Through Balanced Sensory Feedback2017Ingår i: Harnessing the Power of Technology to Improve Lives / [ed] Peter Cudd, Luc de Witte, IOS Press, 2017, s. 961-968Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    While game accessibility has improved significantly the last few years, there are still barriers for equal participation and multiplayer issues have been less researched. Game balance is here about making the game fair in a player versus player competitive game. One difficult design task is to balance the game to be fair regardless of visual or hearing capabilities, with clearly different requirements. This paper explores a tentative design method for enabling inclusive competitive game-play without individual adaptations of game rules that could spoil the game. The method involved applying a unified design method to design an unbalanced game, then modifying visual feedback as a hypothetical balanced design, and testing the game with totally 52 people with and without visual or hearing disabilities in three workshops. Game balance was evaluated based on score differences and less structured qualitative data, and a redesign of the game was made. Conclusions are a tentative method for balancing a multiplayer, competitive game without changing game rules and how the method can be applied.

  • 2970.
    Westin, Thomas
    et al.
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Wiklund, Mats
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Return on Investment in Game Accessibility for Cognition Impairments2013Ingår i: Assistive Technology: From Research to Practice / [ed] Pedro Encarnação, Luís Azevedo, Gert Jan Gelderblom, Alan Newell, Niels-Erik Mathiassen, IOS Press, 2013, s. 577-582Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    The computer game industry sales are counted in billions of dollars, and gamers with disabilities play more casual games than non-disabled gamers. Yet many potential gamers are excluded and gamers with cognition impairments have not been in focus for research and development. With recently published game accessibility guidelines as a framework, professional game producers were surveyed about the number of man-hours needed to implement basic guidelines for cognition. The survey data was compared with a previous survey on the number of people with cognition impairments constituting barriers to gaming, showing that return on investment may be achieved.

  • 2971.
    Westin, Thomas
    et al.
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Wiklund, Mats
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Mozelius, Peter
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Norberg, Lena
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Regression from game-oriented to traditional school2015Ingår i: Journal of Educational Technology Systems, ISSN 0047-2395, E-ISSN 1541-3810, Vol. 43, nr 4, s. 349-370Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Pupils in Sweden are socialized in commercial off-the-shelf games, and, therefore, game-oriented formal education can constitute a foundation for further socialization of pupils excluded in school. However, digital illiteracy and traditional views among school staff forced a regression from the game-oriented formal trial education in this study back to the traditional education form. Research questions were as follows: How did the pupils act upon the consequences of the regression? How can these acts inform the design of education in digital culture? These questions were addressed using ethnography over 3 years. The pupils' acts differed depending on their socialization in school and in games. While the game-oriented formal education included all in the socialization process, the regression caused half of the pupils to drop out. The pupils' acts are discussed with a conceptual framework. Conclusions show the need for digital literacy and understanding pupils' perspectives on education among school staff.

  • 2972.
    Wettergren, Gunnar
    et al.
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Kjellin, Harald
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Using video in online education - evaluation of formats2010Konferensbidrag (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
  • 2973.
    Wettergren, Gunnar
    et al.
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Boström, Henrik
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Hansen, Preben
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Nenzén, Stefan
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Perjons, Erik
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Framework for implementation of learning analytics projects in higher education2014Ingår i: DSV writers hut 2014: proceedings, August 21-22, Åkersberga, Sweden, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, Stockholm University , 2014Konferensbidrag (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
  • 2974.
    Wettergren, Gunnar
    et al.
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Hansson, Henrik
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Making campus education flexible: Adapting to student needs2011Ingår i: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (SITE) 2011 Nashville, Tennessee, USA March 7, 2011, Chesapeake, VA: AACE , 2011Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    The number of students that attend higher education is increasing (10.6% increase in Sweden), students are getting older, and have a different social situation than before. This changes the way universities should deliver education to its students. We currently use a very university centered approach that ignores the needs of the students, this must change to a more student centered delivery model. We believe that we must move into a form of flexible learning that allows students to be in control of their lives. In this article we explain such a model, the rational, how we rebuilt our lectures halls to handle flexible learning, and we concluded by presenting the lessons we learned along the way. We aim at presenting an example of how flexible learning can be incorporated into campus education by offering students three ways of taking part in lectures and other activities. (1) On campus in the lecture hall, (2) At home watching live streaming, or (3) Watching the recorded video after the fact.

  • 2975.
    Wettergren, Gunnar
    et al.
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap. Programvaruutveckling.
    Hansson, Henrik
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap. Kommunikation och kognition.
    Ekenberg, Love
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap. Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap. Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap. Centralt. Data- och Systemvetenskap. Programvaruutveckling.
    A model for Mega online courses: Development, implementation and evaluation of an effective large scale online learning course2008Ingår i: Proceedings of International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE), 2008Konferensbidrag (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
  • 2976.
    Wettergren, Gunnar
    et al.
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Hansson, Henrik
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Ekenberg, Love
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    A model for Mega online courses: development, implementation and evaluation of an effective large scale online learning course2009Ingår i: La Revista de InvestigacionesArtikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
  • 2977.
    Wettergren, Gunnar
    et al.
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap. Programvaruutveckling.
    Hansson, Henrik
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap. Kommunikation och kognition.
    Glimbert, Lars
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap. Data- och Systemvetenskap.
    The impact of synchronous online communication on cooperation/networking and learning - Case studies from research projects and higher education2009Ingår i: 23rd ICDE World Conference on Open Learning and Distance Education including the 2009 EADTU Annual Conference, to be held on 7-10 June 2009 in Maastricht, Netherlands, 2009Konferensbidrag (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
  • 2978.
    Wettergren, Gunnar
    et al.
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Hansson, Henrik
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Larsson, Ken
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Näckros, Kjell
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Glimbert, Lars
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Designing the physical learning space with digital resources The best of two worlds?2010Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
  • 2979.
    Wettergren, Gunnar
    et al.
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Leontaridis, Lefteris
    Prentza, Andriana
    D3.4 – Piloting Handbook2017Rapport (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
  • 2980.
    Wettergren, Gunnar
    et al.
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Näckros, Kjell
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Mixed-mode education 2.02009Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
  • 2981.
    Wettergren, Gunnar
    et al.
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Åkerlund, Kent
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Aligning pedagogy with economics: An empirical study of the economical value of lowering the teacher-student ratio2013Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper presents an empirical study and trial conducted at the department of Computer and Systems Sciences (DSV) at Stockholm University. The study was conducted during the spring term of 2012. The overall goal of the paper is to evaluate the economical feasibility in decreasing the student teacher ratio in an online course in project management. The context for this study is the Swedish university system where universities are 100% state funded based on registration and performance. This study only accounts for cost and revenue connected to the course, i.e. for delivering the course itself not the cost for overhead. The rational for this is that 50% of the total financing for a student is given at registration and used within the department to cover overhead and indirect costs. The remaining 50% of the total financing is given upon completion of course credits and is in this study used as the basis for revenue calculations.

  • 2982. Wetzel, Richard
    et al.
    Lindt, Irma
    Waern, Annika
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap. Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap. Kommunikation och kognition. Mobile Life.
    Jonsson, Staffan
    The Magic Lens Box: Simplifying the Development of Mixed Reality Games2008Ingår i: International Conference on Digital Interactive Media in Entertainment and Arts, 2008Konferensbidrag (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
  • 2983. Wetzel, Richard
    et al.
    Waern, Annika
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Jonsson, Staffan Hemming
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Lindt, Irma
    Ljungstrand, Peter
    Åkesson, Karl-Petter
    Boxed Pervasive Games: An Experience with User-Created Pervasive Games2009Ingår i: Pervasive 2009, Nara, Japan May 2009, 2009Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
  • 2984.
    Wijkman, Per
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Contributions to Evolutionary Computation1997Doktorsavhandling, monografi (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
    Abstract [en]

    We present in this thesis (1) an alternative model in the field of evolutionary computation, and (2) an experimental platform that can be used to evaluate and compare many different models in evolutionary computation.

    The presented model is, like other models in evolutionary computation, based on the principle of natural selection. The difference between the presented model and the other models is a difference in the interpretation of the principle of natural selection. Traditional models in evolutionary computation provide only a partial interpretation of the principle of natural selection, while the presented model is based on a more complete interpretation. As a consequence, the presented model can deal with the problem of local optima in a novel way.

    We have built an experimental platform in such a way that a large number of different evolutionary models can be simulated and tested in parallel. We present the result of a number of such simulations. In the construction of this platform, we divided the platform into different modules so that new evolutionary mechanisms and new problem modules easily can be added.

  • 2985.
    Wiklund, Mats
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Behavioural Changes in Students Participating in an Upper Secondary Education Program Using Unmodified Computer Games as the Primary Teaching Tool2005Ingår i: Proceedings of CGAMES 2005, 7:th International Conference on Computer Games, 28-30 November 2005 / [ed] Mehdi, Q., Gough, N., and Natkin S., Wolverhampton: University of Wolverhampton, School of Computing and Information Technologies , 2005, s. 66-73Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    The extensive use of computer games have been suggested to induce behavioural differences in the players as a result of neuroplasticity. Such changes, if present, suggests that computer games may be ideally suited as teaching tools for students having grown up with this technology. Using computer games extensively in the education system would in turn increase the gaming exposure significantly, even further accentuating any such neuroplastically mediated behavioural changes. To obtain information on possible changes in student behaviour patterns in key areas, an empirical study was conducted. Students participating in a test project extensively using computer games as teaching tools, were interviewed about both games related and other key behaviours. Results show some changed behaviours in the studied areas, such as decreased television watching habits and a shift from FPS to MMORPG as favourite game genre. While being consistent with computer games being able to induce behavioural changes through neuroplasticity, other factors may also have contributed in the studied case, and more research is needed.

  • 2986.
    Wiklund, Mats
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Computer game use and communication habit changes2007Ingår i: Proceedings of CGAMES 2007. 10:th International Conference on Computer Games: AI, Animation, Mobile, Educational and Serious Games / [ed] Mehdi,Q. and Elmaghraby, A., Wolverhampton: The University of Wolverhampton, School of Computing and Information Technology , 2007, s. 31-38Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Extensive use of computer games have been suggested to induce behavioural differences in the players, either as a result of neuroplasticity or through social mechanisms. The usage patterns of computer mediated communication channels, such as internet chat rooms and web based forums, as well as other communication channels enabled by recent technological advances, such as voice and SMS text messages through mobile phones, are of interest in this game related context. Also, any potential changes in the usage patterns of traditional media such as books an television are of interest when linked to computer game use. To obtain information on possible changes in student communication patterns, an empirical study was conducted. Students participating in a test project extensively using computer games as teaching tools, were interviewed about both games related and communication related behaviours. The acquired data was then compared to previously obtained data regarding the corresponding communication behaviours prior to joining the game-intensive project. Results show that communication through web based chat and dedicated chat programs showed only minor changes, while web based forums, email, and SMS text messages showed various degrees of increased use. Television viewing habits continued the decreasing trend seen in previous papers in this series, particularly regarding entertainment related television programs that are now down to only 53.9% of the viewing time prior to entering the game project. A dramatic difference is seen between fans of MMORPG and FPS games, the former viewing only 17.5% as much television as the latter group.

  • 2987.
    Wiklund, Mats
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Game Mediated Communication: Multiplayer Games as the Medium for Computer Based Communication2005Ingår i: Proceedings of DIGRA 2005, Changing Views: Worlds in Play, 2:nd International Digital Games Research Association Conference, June 16:th-20:th, 2005, Vanvouver, Canada.: Digital Games Research Organisation , 2005Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    As multiplayer games evolve in functionality and with respect to the number of participants, ingame communication between players is increasing. As in-game communication increases, games may be considered the natural medium for computer based communication in general. Special issues may arise due to the real-time nature of many games, as intraplayer communication must not interfere with other parts of the gameplay. To obtain information on the extent to which computer based chat is spontaneously associated with multiplayer games, an empirical study was conducted. Children from age 10 to age 15 were interviewed about their computer based communications. To ensure unbiased results, game related issues were never brought up by the interviewer. Results show that multiplayer games were spontaneously pinpointed by 16.83% of the interview subjects being asked about their computer chat habits. Positive remarks dominated, but some negative aspects were also mentioned, such as difficulty chatting and playing simultaneously.

  • 2988.
    Wiklund, Mats
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Games and Peer-to-Peer File Sharing: Attitudes Towards Illegal Distribution of Computer Games2004Ingår i: Proceedings of CGAIDE 2004, 5:th International Conference on Computer Games, Artificial Intelligence, Design and Education / [ed] Mehdi, Q., and Gough, N., Wolverhampton: The University of Wolverhampton, School of Computing and Information Technology , 2004Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    As peer-to-peer file sharing is a widespread and user friendly technique ideally suited to distribute illegally produced copies of computer games, the users attitudes towards acquiring games through this medium is of great interest. To obtain information on the extent to which peer-to-peer file sharing is associated with computer games distribution, and the nature of these associations, an empirical study was conducted. Children from age 10 to age 15 were interviewed about their computer based communication habits and attitudes. To ensure unbiased results, games and games related issues were never brought up by the interviewer. Results show that the distribution of computer games were spontaneously pinpointed by 15.58% of the interview subjects being asked about their peer-to-peer file sharing habits. Younger students showed a significantly more positive attitude towards this activity, while a majority of the older students pointed out negative aspects of acquiring computer games this way. Through the negative quotes given, the concept of empathy with game designers is identified as having potential as a possible counterfactor.

  • 2989.
    Wiklund, Mats
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Perception of Computer Games in Non-Gaming Contexts2010Doktorsavhandling, sammanläggning (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
    Abstract [en]

    As computer games have evolved from single-player entities to complex, highly communicative on-line game worlds, their potential to fill different roles in society has grown. One aspect of this change is that various forms of computer mediated communication may become increasingly associated with games in various ways. Another issue is that of extensive exposure to computer games possibly leading to behavioural change through the mechanism of neuroplasticity, as argued by some researchers. Finally, since experiences from using game-like software designed explicitly for teaching purposes, edutainment, have been reported to be somewhat disappointing, the alternative to use unmodified straight-from-the-shelf computer games as learning environments in school is an interesting option.

    To investigate these issues a series of empirical studies were conducted, the first of which were dual interview studies with students of various ages in schools in two different regions, mapping their communication habits and associations of these with games. Secondly, a series of longitudal studies were performed during the course of a four-year experimental school project, where a class of upper secondary education students used regular computer games as their main didactic environment in school.

    Results show that computer mediated chat, as well as peer-to-peer file sharing, is in various ways spontaneously associated with computer games to a substantial degree. Empathy with game developers’ efforts is identified as a possible countermeasure against software piracy of games, as opposed to legislation. The theory of neuroplasticity induced behavioural change as a result of extensive exposure to computer games is corroborated by empirical observations, but not proven since other possible mechanisms are also present. The longitudal data indicates a high didactic potential in regular computer games used as learning tools in school. The teacher’s role is not marginalized but is perceived as essential by participating students, and a systematic model for evaluating the didactic potential of multimodal media such as computer games is needed.

  • 2990.
    Wiklund, Mats
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    The Game Genre Factor in Computer Games Based Learning2006Ingår i: Proceedings of CGAMES 2006, 8:th International Conference on Computer Games, AI and Mobile Systems, 24-27 July 2006, Louisville, Kentucky, USA, 2006Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    As the usage of commercial, off-the-shelf computer games as teaching tools are being discussed and empirically studied, the varying properties of different game genres is an important factor that should be taken into account. The possible impact on study results that may be inherent from game genres as such is an issue that needs to be studied in order to assess the potential of using commercial games in a learning situation. To obtain more information on the impact of game genre on a learning environment, an interview study was conducted. Students undertaking their 10:th and 11:th year of study as part of a test project using commercial off-the-shelf computer games of their own choosing as the main teaching tool, were interviewed about their favourite game genres. This was correlated with their study results in the subject of English (as a second language), for students favouring FPS (First Person Shooter) games versus MMORPG:s (Massively Multiplayer On-line Role-Playing Games). Results show that students with MMORPG:s as their favourite game genre (with or without other genres in conjunction) received a higher average number of yearly grades in English (as a second language) than students with FPS games as their favourite game genre.

  • 2991.
    Wiklund, Mats
    et al.
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Ekenberg, Love
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Going to school in World of Warcraft: Observations from a trial programme using of-the-shelf computer games as learning tools in secondary education2009Ingår i: Designs for Learning, ISSN 1654-7608, Vol. 2, nr 1, s. 36-55Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    The use of commercial, off-the-shelf computer games as teaching tools is an interestingpossibility, but one that may alter the teacher’s role. Unlike specially adapted, gamelike educational software, students’ attitudes toward the learning potential of computer games may be very different in the presence or absence of an accompanying teacher. The purpose of this work is to investigate whether commercial, unmodified computer games have potential as a tool for learning enhancement, whether varying properties of game genres have an impact on study results, and how the students perceive the teachers role in a learning environment using computer games. Twenty-one students, all of them participants in a longer-term trial programme in game-based education, were interviewed concerning their perceptions of the learning environment, their preferred gamegenres, and the outcome of their studies. Our findings show that this form of learningresults in significantly increased knowledge. It also appears that accompanyingteacher activities are important, especially when successfully linked to in-game activities.

  • 2992.
    Wiklund, Mats
    et al.
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Glimbert, Lars
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Students Perception of a Learning Environment and the Teachers Role While Using Unmodified Computer Games as Learning Tools in Upper Secundary Education2005Ingår i: Proceedings of CGAIMS 2005, 6:th International Conference on Computer Games, AI and Mobile Systems, 27-30 July 2005, Louisville, Kentucky, USA, 2005Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]
    As the usage of computer games as teaching tools are being discussed and empirically studied, the use of unmodified, commercial, off-the-shelf games is an interesting possibility. As this may have implications on the teachers role, possibly requiring it to be different from when using specially adapted game-like education software, the students attitudes towards the learning potential of computer games with and without accompanying teacher efforts are of great interest. To obtain information on how students taking part in game based education perceive their learning environment, an interview study was conducted. Students undertaking their 10:th and 11:th year of study as part of a test project using computer games as the main teaching tool, were interviewed about their perception of the created learning environment. Results show that the students perceive this form of learning as having great potential, giving significantly increased knowledge in the studied areas. When comparing to how learning through games alone is perceived, it becomes clear that accompanying teacher activities are important, especially if linked successfully to in-game activities.
  • 2993.
    Wiklund, Mats
    et al.
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Mozelius, Peter
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Learning Games or Learning Stimulating Games: An Indirect Approach to Learning Stimulating Effects from Off-the-Shelf Games2013Ingår i: International Journal of Digital Information and Wireless Communications, ISSN 2225-685X, Vol. 3, nr 3, s. 85-95Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Playing games to support learning is a classic concept that is seeing a revival today in the widespread use of computer games. Inserting educational content into various types of computer games is a strong trend that some researchers have described as a mad rush. The aim of this article is to discuss possible learning stimulating effects of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) games in a long-term perspective. We argue that COTS game players’ attitudes towards learning may change in a positive direction even in cases where direct learning outcomes are not aimed for. This may be the case when in-game skills are described in terms of real life skills commonly associated with higher education. When a high enough skill level is achieved, then and only then is the player rewarded with pleasant in-game experiences. The causality of the perceived experience is ideally that with high enough skills, positive stimulation follows. The contribution of the gaming lies not in the short-term learning outcome, but rather in the long-term effects it may have on future educational choices. Even if such a game do not fulfil the criteria for learning games it may still be seen as a learning stimulating game.

  • 2994.
    Wiklund, Mats
    et al.
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Mozelius, Peter
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Learning Stimulating Effects of Commercial Off-the-Shelf Games2013Ingår i: Proceedings of the fourth international conference on e-learning (ICEL2013), The Society of Digital Information and Wireless Communications (SDIWC) , 2013, s. 38-44Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Playing games to support learning is an old conceptthat has got a revival today in the widespread use ofcomputer games. To insert educational content intovarious types of computer games is a strong trendthat some researchers have described as a mad rush.Game based learning has become a wide andheterogeneous field with large variations in designbetween serious games that has been developed for adistinct educational purpose, and Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) games designed for playabilityand entertainment.The aim of this article is to discuss the possiblelearning stimulating effects of COTS games in along-term perspective. We argue that COTS gameplayers’ attitudes towards learning may change in apositive direction even in cases where the directlearning outcomes are not that high. This may be thecase when in-game skills are described in terms ofreal life skills commonly associated with highereducation, such as engineering, electronics orgeology. A common game design is that when a highenough skill level is achieved, then and only then isthe player rewarded with access to better equipment,access to interesting areas and similar pleasantexperiences. The game then has a potential to triggeran important psychological reward mechanism in theplayer’s mind.COTS games could like educational games havemore than just in-game goals and the meta goals in agame are the ones that remain in the player’s mindafter the game has ended. The causality of theperceived experience is ideally that with high enoughskills, the player receives positive stimulation. Withthis approach it would not matter that the actuallearning will have to take place elsewhere, and mostlikely later when the player makes decisions abouthis or her higher education. The contribution of thegaming lies not in the short-term learning outcome,but rather in the long-term effects it may have onpersonal development and future educational choices.Even if such a game do not fulfill the criteria forlearning games it may still be seen as a learningstimulating game. Future research should include alarge scale study investigating the relationshipbetween playing COTS games and students’ choicesand results in higher education.

  • 2995.
    Wiklund, Mats
    et al.
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Mozelius, Peter
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Norberg, Lena
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Westin, Thomas
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Inclusion of Disaffected Youth and Avoidance of Stigmatising Remedial Education Groups Through Game-based Learning2014Ingår i: Proceedings of the 8th European Conference on Games Based Learning / [ed] Busch, C., Reading: Academic Conferences Publishing, 2014, s. 128-Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Well-designed games can support intrinsic as well as extrinsic motivation, but to what degree the use of computer games stimulates learning has been widely discussed during the last decade. Some researchers claim that it is the underlying architecture in digital games that provides the learning potential. The use of computer games as a tool for social inclusion in remedial education has also been investigated and presented as a promising idea. Less has been written on how groups should be formed to support school drop-outs and scaffold their inclusion and create a way towards a second chance to education for disaffected youth. The aim of this study is to describe and discuss how game based learning might facilitate the integration of disaffected youth through the avoidance of stigmatising remedial education groups. Empirical data has been collected from a secondary education initiative called The Digital Room. This was a project where all participants had a strong interest in computer games but different educational background. The two main groups can briefly be described as students with grades in core subjects in a traditional secondary school curriculum, and school drop-outs without a complete set of core subject grades. Interviews were conducted with participants from both groups in a longitudinal study between 2005 and 2010, including a retrospective follow-up. Findings show that the initial group division that still was present after two years of the project later had dissolved when new interviews were carried out towards the end of the project. From a teacher’s perspective this game-based setup facilitated individual student support in a heterogeneous group with large variations in study techniques and learning tempo.

  • 2996.
    Wiklund, Mats
    et al.
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Mozelius, Peter
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Westin, Thomas
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Norberg, Lena
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Biometric Belt and Braces for Authentication in Distance Education2016Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Assessment of students in traditional higher education has always had mechanisms to prevent cheating and plagiarism, and the same need exists today for online assessment in virtual learning platforms. The number of students that are suspended from courses in tertiary education has increased in the last decade and there is a need for new techniques to handle the problem in online environments. To achieve zero cheating is hard (or impossible) without repelling not only cheaters but also those students who do not cheat, where a zero-tolerance emphasis also would risk inhibiting students' intrinsic motivation. Several studies indicate that existing virtual learning environments do not provide the features needed to control that the intended student is the one taking the online exam. New technology opens up opportunities for online authentication through biometrics, but raises new ethical issues in the fields of integrity and data protection. The aim of this study is to explore and discuss how a reliable model for online authentication in distance education could be constructed with the use of biometrics without the risk of unnecessary integrity violation. Data has been collected in a literature study and discussed in the light of existing technology applied to the field. Findings show that promising digital techniques exist which could be combined to assure authentication in online exams without violating students' privacy or storing sensitive data. A suggestion is to develop a biometric belt and braces model with a combination of scanned facial coordinates and voice recognition, where only a minimum of biometric data is stored. Conclusions are that online examination becomes feasible when the associated cheat risks are not zero but as low as in traditional examination, and that students' integrity have to be considered in all learning modalities.

  • 2997.
    Wiklund, Mats
    et al.
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Rudenmalm, William
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Norberg, Lena
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Westin, Thomas
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Mozelius, Peter
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Evaluating Educational Games Using Facial Expression Recognition Software: Measurement of Gaming Emotion2015Ingår i: Proceedings of the 9th European conference on game-based learning / [ed] Robin Munkvold, Dr Line Kolås, Reading: Academic Conferences Publishing, 2015Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    The issue of using educational games versus entertainment games as the base for learning environments is complex, and various data to base the decision on is needed. While participants’ verbal accounts of their situation is important, also other modes of expression would be meaningful as data sources. The availability of valid and reliable methods for evaluating games is central to building ones that are successful, and should preferably include outside measurements that are less affected by the participants’ choice of what to share. The present study considers a method using software for analysing facial expressions during gameplay, testing its ability to reveal inherent differences between educational and entertainment games. Participants (N=11) played two games, an entertainment game and an educational game, while facial expressions were measured continuously. The main finding was significantly higher degrees of expressions associated with negative emotions (anger [p < 0.001], fear [p < 0.001] and disgust [p < 0.001]) while playing the educational game, indicating that participants were more negative towards this game type. The combination of cognitive load inherent in learning and negative emotions found in the educational game may explain why educational games sometimes have been less successful. The results suggest that the method used in the present study might be useful as part of the evaluation of educational games.

  • 2998.
    Wiklund, Mats
    et al.
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Westin, Thomas
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Norberg, Lena
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Mozelius, Peter
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Mapping of cheat preventing mechanisms between traditional and on-line examination2014Ingår i: DSV writers hut 2014: proceedings / [ed] Gustaf Juell-Skielse, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, Stockholm University , 2014Konferensbidrag (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
    Abstract [en]

    Preventing cheating in online as well as more traditional examination is important, but achieving zero cheating is hard or impossible without repelling not only cheaters but also those who would not cheat. A zero-tolerance emphasis on cheating shifts the focus from what is being learned to test scores, destroying the intrinsic motivation of learning. Test scores are only meaningful within the education, while the actual learning is what creates meaning outside of the education. What forms of cheat prevention in online examinations are reasonable in relation to traditional examination, without ruining the students' intrinsic motivation? A literature study was conducted. From the discussion of previous research it can be concluded that zero tolerance of cheating in online examination is unrealistic, unnecessary and not required compared to traditional examination. Further, zero tolerance could also ruin the intrinsic motivation of learning. This enables forms of examination such as web camera observation but also dialogue based interaction for examination.

  • 2999. Wilson, Max L.
    et al.
    Larsen, Birger
    Hansen, Preben
    Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Norling, Kristian
    Russell-Rose, Tony
    EuroHCIR2013 - the 3rd European Workshop on Human- Computer Interaction and Information Retrieval2013Ingår i: Proceedings of the 36th international ACM SIGIR conference on Research and development in information retrieval, New York: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), 2013, s. 1139-1139Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of EuroHCIR is to push the agenda of understanding the role that HCI has with IR systems, beyond Interactive IR. Alongside the popular American HCIR series, EuroHCIR aims to stimulate this focus in the large European community. While the previous two workshops have taken place at more HCI focused conferences (BCS-HCI and IIiX2012), the particular purpose of running EuroHCIR2013 at SIGIR2013 is to better engage with the core IR community, on extended search scenarios like holiday planning, entertainment, and casual browsing.

  • 3000. Wilson, Max L.
    et al.
    Russell-Rose, TonyLarsen, BirgerHansen, PrebenStockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.Norling, Kristian
    Proceedings of the 3rd European Workshop on Human-Computer Interaction and Information Retrieval2013Proceedings (redaktörskap) (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    EuroHCIR 2013 was organised with the specific goal of better engaging the IR community, who have been underrepresented at previous EuroHCIR conferences. Thus we proposed to have the workshop at the ACM SIGIR conference in Dublin. Research, Industry, and Position papers were invited, and although very few industry submissions were received, we received a number of research and position papers focusing on the intersection of IR and HCI evaluations, several focusing on adapting the TREC paradigm. Many interesting system and demonstrator papers were also accepted.

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