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Evaluation of Popularity of Multi-lingual Educational Web Games – Do All Children Speak English

WEERASINGHE, D; Lazareck, L; Kostkova, P; Farrell, D; (2010) Evaluation of Popularity of Multi-lingual Educational Web Games – Do All Children Speak English. In: Proceeding of the International Conference on Electronic Healthcare: eHealth 2010. (pp. pp. 44-53). Springer: Casablanca, Morocco. Green open access

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Abstract

Playing computer games is widely popular among children and teenagers as an entertainment activity; however, computer games can also be easily transformed into tools for education. City University London’s City eHealth Research Centre (CeRC) has developed such educational web games as a part of a European Project, e-Bug (www.e-bug.eu) to improve pupils understanding of the importance of hand and respiratory hygiene and responsible antibiotic use. This paper studies the usage of the Games between January 2009 and March 2010, specifically for 10 European Union countries. The Games were first provided in English-only and it was found that over half of the users were from non-UK countries. Once the Games were translated into multiple European languages, it was found that users preferred to play the Games in their native tongue. Thus, English was not a hindrance to Game playing/access; however, the option of using another language was always taken once provided. Users found the website through search engines and direct links from schools and other websites, and over 60,000 visitors played the Games at least once. The quantitative data used to investigate our research questions stemmed from the Games website server logs.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Evaluation of Popularity of Multi-lingual Educational Web Games – Do All Children Speak English
Event: International Conference on Electronic Healthcare: eHealth 2010
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-23635-8_6
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-23635-8_6
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: educational web games, game evaluation, web logs, translation
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Inst for Risk and Disaster Reduction
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10078682
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