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Mixed Methods Evaluation of Immuno-Defender’s Player Experience and Learning Outcomes

Mrkva, Andrew (2023) Mixed Methods Evaluation of Immuno-Defender’s Player Experience and Learning Outcomes. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This study evaluated the prototype game Immuno-Defender, a 3D action game that teaches players about the human immune system. The pilot study assessed the feasibility of combining multiple qualitative and quantitative methods to evaluate a learning game. Six participants took part in a remote playtesting session with the investigator, which was book-ended with a pre and post test to assess knowledge acquisition and a self-assessment of player experience using a shortened version of the Player Experience Inventory (PXI). Participants then completed a delayed posttest to assess knowledge retention. Qualitative analysis included observation, retrospective, interview, and a player performance assessment. Results showed that participants increased their knowledge assessment scores (t = 5.59, df = 5, p-value of 0.002) and the four that completed the delayed posttest retained their knowledge (t = 5.64, df = 3, p-value of 0.011). Qualitative findings revealed the strengths and weaknesses of the game’s current design and provided insights for the next iteration of development. Visit to learn more about the project.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Mrkva, Andrewajm240@pitt.eduajm2400009-0002-7852-1335
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairBabichenko, Dmitriydmitriy.b@pitt.edudmb72
Committee MemberGrieve, VictoriaVictoria.Grieve@pitt.edulbg6
Committee MemberBrusilovsky, Peterpeterb@pitt.edupeterb
Committee MemberEmpey, Kerrykme33@pitt.edukme33
Date: 18 September 2023
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 20 June 2023
Approval Date: 18 September 2023
Submission Date: 2 August 2023
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 153
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Computing and Information > Information Science
Degree: MSIS - Master of Science in Information Science
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: mixed methods, transformative games, serious games, educational games, videogames, digital games, games for health, playtesting, remote playtesting, player experience, games user research, immunology, immune system
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Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2023 14:18
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2023 14:18

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