Orientation Passport: Gamifying University

Zac Fitz-Walter, Queensland University of Technology Part of CW12

Adding game elements to an application to motivate use and enhance the user experience is a growing trend known as gamification. This presentation discusses the use of game achievements when applied to a mobile application designed to help new students at university. I discuss Orientation Passport, a personalised orientation event application for smart phones which utilises game achievements to present orientation information in an engaging way and to encourage use of the application. The system is explained, the findings of two studies are discussed with recommendations made those who want to create similar apps. The presentation covers the intersection of education, motivation and video games.