Thursday, June 27
10:00-10:30 AM
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Salon B

Designing an Incentive-Based Online Education System to Encourage Student Collaboration

Full Paper: Systems & Resources ID: 39971
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    Jennifer Seaton
    University of Saskatchewan
  2. Joanne Traves
    University of Saskatchewan
  3. Gordon McCalla
    University of Saskatchewan
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    Richard Schwier
    University of Saskatchewan

Abstract: Student motivation has proven to be an obstacle to the success of online courses. We have developed NECSUS, an incentive-based system designed to encourage social interaction between students, which was incorporated into an existing short independent study course. NECSUS is inspired by computer games, such as The Sims and MMORPGs, which utilize social interaction in game play as a method to encourage socialization. Techniques, such as losing access to other students if relationships are not maintained regularly, are employed. The importance of socialization is further emphasized by incorporating interdependence between users in such a way that aspects of the system are unusable without the assistance of others. NECSUS also incorporates social aspects such as personal profiles and discussion forums to give each student a sense of identity in the system. We conducted a pilot study that demonstrates the potential of these ideas.

Presider: Richard Ladyshewsky, Curtin Graduate School of Business, Curtin University

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