Statistical Algorithms for Assessing the Efficacy of Community-Generated Educational Games

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-08-C-0200
Agency Tracking Number: 07SB2-0224
Amount: $98,921.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: SB072-012
Solicitation Number: 2007.2
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Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Matthew Lichter
 Research Scientist
 (434) 973-1215
 barron@bainet.com
Business Contact
 Connie Hoover
Title: General Manager
Phone: (434) 973-1215
Email: barron@bainet.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
The strength of the United States military is highly dependent upon the continued superiority of intellectual resources and technology in the battle arena. Emerging trends indicate that fewer students are pursuing education in the sciences and technology. In an effort to reverse this trend, researchers are working to engage students through interactive educational software. However, a recent U.S. Department of Education study suggests that current educational software is no more effective than traditional methods. Barron Associates propose a novel collaborative community approach to educational game development. Within this framework, educators will use an amateur-friendly game development platform to created games that fulfill current educational needs. The games will compete in Darwinian survival of the fittest allowing truly effective games to be set aside for pedagogical use. The centerpiece of this framework, and the focus of this research, will be Barron Associates’ Teaching Efficacy and Skill Tracking algorithm – or TEST. As students interact with video games, TEST will examine player scores and estimate each game’s educational effectiveness and each player’s skill level. This information will be used as feedback to help developers produce better games and to inform players of their progress.

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