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Optimizing Game Engagement Via Nonparametric Models And Manipulations Of Difficulty, Tension, And Perceived Performance, Mohammad Khajah Jan 2017

Optimizing Game Engagement Via Nonparametric Models And Manipulations Of Difficulty, Tension, And Perceived Performance, Mohammad Khajah

Computer Science Graduate Theses & Dissertations

I study the impact of novel game manipulations on user engagement using principled computational methods. Maximizing user engagement is important because it results in more profitable games in the commercial arena and better learning outcomes in the educational arena. It is then perhaps unsurprising that the study of user engagement is well established. Most work uses a classical A/B paradigm, in which a few, often binary (on/off), design decisions are manipulated. Recently, optimization studies have begun to explore a range of discrete or continuous levels. The majority of work in both types of studies is concerned with manipulations ...


Cabbage Patch Colleges: Towards A More Aesthetic University Pedagogy, Maxwell Edward Sheahan Jan 2017

Cabbage Patch Colleges: Towards A More Aesthetic University Pedagogy, Maxwell Edward Sheahan

English Graduate Theses & Dissertations

The Humanities, long the bastion of messy thinking to discern a messy world, recently have seen waning significance and dropping enrollment, as more and more students flock instead to degrees which they believe offer more immediate value. Such an ongoing shift begs many questions: How can colleges of the Arts reignite student interest and vicariously reassert their primacy? What tangible benefits do degrees in the Arts offer? How do we identify the pedagogy on which the Arts most heavily rely and how can we improve upon it? How might such a shift better affect society at large and for better ...


The Self-Study Testing Effect With Bidirectional Paired Associate Learning, Bernadette Barton Jan 2017

The Self-Study Testing Effect With Bidirectional Paired Associate Learning, Bernadette Barton

Undergraduate Honors Theses

The testing effect describes a method of retrieval practice that benefits long term retention of learned material, over restudying and re-exposure (Roediger & Karpicke, 2006a). The benefits of testing have been implemented outside of psychology laboratories into classrooms around the US, but are still not being taken advantage of by students outside of lecture (Karpicke, Butler & Roediger, 2009). The current experiment seeks to acknowledge the testing effect as present in a widely used self-study website and further define the most effective retrieval practice students can implement within it. Fifty-eight introductory Psychology students at the University of Colorado, Boulder studied 30 Anthropology terms and their definitions in a paired associate learning format on Quizlet.com. The paired associates were split into different self-study modes on Quizlet.com: one restudy block, and two cued recall with feedback blocks that applied either a consistent direction of study to initial presentation, or inconsistent direction. Two days after the self-study session, participants took a final retention test to measure the retention of the learned paired associates. The test analyzed the bidirectional retention of the 30-paired associates with recognition questions and cued-recall questions that manipulated direction; majority of questions included the paired associates verbatim to the study session, some of the questions were not verbatim to initial study but rather applied the paired associate relationships to an example to measure for comprehensive, conceptual understanding. The results of this study were inconclusive due to a confound in study block and question items, but paved way for future implications for studies on real self-study methods of students today, and the importance of retrieval practice direction on ...


El Papel Del Sector Empresarial En La Implementación De La Tecnología En Las Escuelas Básicas De Chile, Noha Kikhia Jan 2017

El Papel Del Sector Empresarial En La Implementación De La Tecnología En Las Escuelas Básicas De Chile, Noha Kikhia

Undergraduate Honors Theses

This thesis asks what role should business play in the implementation of mobile technology in primary school classrooms. For the Chilean context, qualitative results of four onsite interviews with representatives of the Ministry of Education, private sector, nonprofit sector and public school teaching community suggests that mobile technology can enhance the learning environment by developing 21st century skills and increasing the digital literacy of the students, but cannot come at the cost of active teaching time and social interactions among peers. The private sector currently plays a role in three main ways: internet connectivity, sales of devices, and content development ...