See more at mobile.wisc.edu/teaching-and-learning/field-research-project-webird/
Working with Mark Berres in Animal Science/Zoology during Fall 2013, MLI investigated the effectiveness of integrating game mechanics (e.g. quests and leaderboards) into a field research activity. We worked with students as co-researchers to fine tune the design structure and technical performance of a bird identification app, WeBIRD, that lets them document sightings, record bird calls, take photos and videos and share all this their instructor and teammates. At present, we are iterating on the app based on findings from this pilot study with a more formal study using WeBIRD to empirically examine how game mechanics influence learners’ accuracy and participation in birding. We hope to share results from this study in Fall of 2014.