Assessing User Experiences with ZORQ: A Gamification Framework for Computer Science Education

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2023-01-03
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Weitl-Harms, Sherri
Spanier, Adam
Rokusek, Matthew
Hastings, John
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ZORQ is a gamification software framework designed to increase student engagement within undergraduate Computer Science (CS) education. ZORQ is an attractive learning method that (1) utilizes numerous gamification elements, (2) provides a collaborative, game-development based learning approach, (3) offers an opportunity for students to explore a complex, real-world software development implementation, and (4) provides students with a high level of engagement with the system and a high level of social engagement in its collaborative customization. The usage of ZORQ was assessed using quantitative, qualitative and sentiment analyses in a Data Structures and Algorithms course over five years. The overwhelmingly positive results show that students were satisfied with their user experience and ZORQ was beneficial to their educational experience. By triangulating results from multiple analyses, this study adds to a deeper understanding of how gamification can improve learning and retention and provides a novel, robust, holistic methodology for evaluating user experiences.
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Gamification, cs education, gamification, mixed-method analysis, sentiment analysis, user experience
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Proceedings of the 56th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
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