As some people know, I’m a Computer Engineering student at Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon, one of the best Engineering colleges in Portugal. I chose my Master’s areas this year (Major: Multimedia Systems, Minor: Software Engineering) and I’m having a total blast.
So, when my Multimedia Content Production teacher, Professor Daniel Gonçalves, presented his thesis proposals, I fell in love with one of them and, seeing that the one teacher I’d initially wanted to supervise my thesis (I wanted to submit one about Emotional Involvement in Games) decided to go on sabbatical next year, I applied for Professor Daniel’s proposal instead.
Here’s what I’ll be doing next year (as well as finishing pending courses):
Thesis: Game Course
Objective: Create a structured, scalable, system for the support of gamified courses.
Description: Create a new version of a Gamification system that extends moodle to make the gamification of courses in general easier and more efficient. Extend the existing backend for gamification of courses and better integrate AvatarWorld into the game experience. Add customization possibilities, with adequate expressiveness. Identify possible game elements, and allow their instantiation for different courses.
A new version of the system that makes not only the configuration of a gamified course easier, but also makes the course activities easier to access and grade throughout the semester.
Needless to say, I’m super excited to start working on it. I’ve always loved the concept of using game-elements for school purposes and this is just awesome!
Create a structured, scalable, system for the support of gamified courses.
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