NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institute for FY 2012 in Korea

Project: Research project

Project Details


This action funds Michael Jong Lee of the University of Washington to conduct a research project, entitled 'Effect of game elements on learning for novice programmers,' during the summer of 2012 at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. The host scientist is Dr. Jinwoo Kim.

The Intellectual Merit of the research project lies in identifying how certain game elements affect learning outcomes in a programming computer game, creating better ways to incorporate or disguise tests within the game levels to reduce the stress of test-taking, and to provide better understanding of how different testing approaches to measure learning affects novice programmers. Outcomes may allow access to computer programming training to individuals or groups that are interested in programming who but do not have the resources to take a course, increase or maintain people's interest in science and technology by providing a low-barrier introduction into programming, and result in designs for educational software to evaluate player learning, and dispel the negative view of online games by demonstrating positive learning outcomes.

Broader Impacts of an EAPSI fellowship include providing the Fellow a first-hand research experience outside the U.S.; an introduction to the science, science policy, and scientific infrastructure of the respective location; and an orientation to the society, culture and language. These activities meet the NSF goal to educate for international collaborations early in the career of its scientists, engineers, and educators, thus ensuring a globally aware U.S. scientific workforce.

Effective start/end date6/1/125/31/13


  • National Science Foundation: $5,836.00


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