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Title: "World of Uncertainty" - on-line educational game
Author: Tabyldy kyzy, Jyldyz
ISNI:       0000 0004 2745 0589
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2012
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It is difficult to overestimate the significance of judgement and decision-making for individuals and societies. Our choices and decisions are often made in risky or uncertain conditions. Almost all decisions contain a degree of uncertainty. This can cause problems with serious consequences, since people generally are not comfortable with uncertainties and often choose the counterproductive ways of ignoring or avoiding them. This project aims to create a computer game facilitating learning to deal with uncertainties and to investigate players' choices and confidence under uncertainty. The project resulted in a "World of Uncertainty" online game providing experiential learning through reflecting on own feeling of certainty, receiving feedback and improving the results. The scoring in the game is based on proper scoring rules which conditions, motivates and assesses player's performance. The game was evaluated for its learning effect and as a research tool. It was shown that it is possible to incorporate proper scoring rules into a game which is: 1) engaging for a wide variety of people - over 500 players participated in the experimental studies (some with external incentives) and over 1200 members of the general public registered and played the game; 2) a flexible research tool allowing collecting data on a large number of people, and designing empirical studies on perception of probability and confidence. In pilot studies and two experiments conducted within this study it was found that players slightly improved their scores over time. It was also found that quiz subjects had higher effect on the performance than individual differences. The game has interesting implications in game design, education, training, and research concerning behaviour under risk and uncertainty.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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