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Persuading giants to be wise: an exploratory study of advice sharing in online games

Ruskov, M; Seager, W; Sasse, MA; (2010) Persuading giants to be wise: an exploratory study of advice sharing in online games. In: Personal Learning Environments Conference Proceedings. Green open access


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This study investigates the effects of a browser game as a motivational factor for the sharing of short written reflections. We have analysed 400 anonymous written reflections and conducted 10 interviews in order to get a deeper insight of the game experience. This is an opportunistic investigation and the authors did not have control over the game environment. We have found that there is a predominantly positive attitude towards the approach taken by the game, and a significantly higher level of contributions from participants, as compared to a recent investigation of contributions in social awareness streams. A number of user contributions that clearly do not match the game intentions are being reported and discussed. We draw the conclusion that persuasive tools and techniques can be employed within personal learning environments in order to guide learning. The paper makes a strong argument by example for the use of browser games as a persuasive tool in informal online learning.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Persuading giants to be wise: an exploratory study of advice sharing in online games
Event: Personal Learning Environments Conference
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://pleconference.citilab.eu/index-attachment_i...
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/), which permits use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided that that reuse is restricted to non-commercial purposes, i.e. research or educational use, and the original work is properly cited. The resulting work must be distributed under the same license. citeulike-article-id: 7359654 citeulike-linkout-0: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mapto/4776944028 citeulike-linkout-1: http://mapto.ko64eto.com/publications/RuskovSeagerSasse-PLE2010.pdf comment: http://wethegiants.thegiftedintrovert.com keywords: exploratory_study, knowledge_sharing, online_games posted-at: 2010-06-25 20:38:16 priority: 2
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1318526
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