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Title: Investigating Children’s Immersion in a High-Embodied Versus Low-Embodied Digital Learning Game in an Authentic Educational Setting
Authors: Georgiou, Yiannis 
Ioannou, Andri 
Ioannou, Marianna 
Keywords: Children;Educational settings;Embodied digital games;Immersion
Category: Arts
Field: Social Sciences
Issue Date: 23-Jun-2019
Source: 5th International Conference of the Immersive Learning Network, iLRN 2019, London, United Kingdom, 23 June 2019 through 27 June 2019
Conference: International Conference of the Immersive Learning Network 
Abstract: © 2019, Springer Nature Switzerland AG. Prior research has supported that game-based learning is dependent on the degree of immersion achieved, namely the degree to which children become cognitively and emotionally engaged with a given educational digital game. With the emergence of embodied digital educational games, researchers have assumed that the affordances of these games for movement-based interaction may heighten even more experienced immersion. However, there is lack of empirical research on the investigation of children’s immersive experiences in embodied educational games, warranting this claim. Existing research on immersion is still restricted in highly-controlled laboratory settings and focuses on non-educational embodied games played by mostly young adult populations. Extending prior research in the educational context, this study has investigated children’s immersion in a high-embodied digital learning game integrated in an authentic school classroom (Group1 = 24), in comparison to a low-embodied digital version of the game (Group2 = 20). Our findings did not support previous hypotheses regarding experienced immersion in high-embodied digital games; post-interventional surveys indicated that there was no difference in most dimensions of experienced immersion. Interviews with a subset of the children (n = 8 per condition) resulted in the identification of various (a) media form, (b) media content and (c) context-related factors, which provided plausible explanations about children’s experienced immersion in the two conditions. Implications are discussed for supporting immersion in high-embodied educational digital games implemented in authentic educational settings.
Description: Communications in Computer and Information Science Volume 1044, 2019, Pages 222-233
ISBN: 9783030230883
ISSN: 18650929
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-23089-0_17
Collaboration : Cyprus University of Technology
Research Center on Interactive Media
Type: Conference Papers
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