Urban Trees // Urban Druids : educational games research project

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Summary

This is a postgraduate student-led research project on educational games to support environmental citizen science projects. Within the scope of the research, two prototype mobile games were created focusing on the data collection tasks for plant phenology monitoring. Both apps have been developed for research purposes only, aiming to showcase different modes of gameplay and engagement. All data from the apps is stored locally, the apps send no information back whatsoever, and survey participation is anonymous.

Please find the invitation to participate in the research below!

About the project

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If you have an interest in games, science, the environment or their combination, as well as an Android mobile device and 20’ to spare, we would like to invite you to participate in a postgraduate student research project investigating games for environmental citizen science!
Your role would be to play two different games and give your feedback about them!

Please know in advance that :
1) Both apps are prototypes which have been developed for research purposes only (not commercial, no ads, no revenues, no sponsors).
2) All data from the apps is stored locally, the apps send no information back whatsoever, and survey participation is anonymous, therefore installing and trying them poses no risk to your device or your privacy, nor binds you to participating in the user survey.
3) I remain at your disposal for any questions you might have, either for installation, gameplay, or questionnaire on [email protected]!

If interested, please find all the relevant info below:

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From 'Urban Trees' To 'Urban Druids': comparing gamification strategies for environmental data sensing citizen science projects
Glasgow School of Art // School of Simulation and Visualization // MSc Serious Games and Virtual Reality // Dissertation project
Student: Chatzifoti Olga // Supervisors: Daisy Abbott, Brian Loranger
https://portfolium.com/entry/urban-trees-urban-druids

This research investigates gamification strategies for environmental data sensing citizen science projects, which are linked to environmental monitoring and climate change research.

Research includes creating and testing two twin apps that are tailored after the phenology project "Nature's Calendar" by Woodland Trust, which was used as a case study. The apps cover the needs of the scientific tasks involved in the citizen science project with improved functionality, featuring GPS tracking, timestamping, and photo/note taking. Each app though follows a different game design approach.

Urban Trees is a gamified app offering a single player experience with points, badges, levels and a leaderboard as game elements.
Link to install Urban Trees:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.NohaMorteStudio.UrbanT...
Link to tutorial and gameplay video:
https://youtu.be/HXuz5JplxGI

Urban Druids is a serious game offering a (simulation of a) multiplayer experience with strong fictional narrative elements, collaborative play and prompts for user creativity.

Link to install Urban Druids:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.NohaMorteStudio.UrbanD...
Link to tutorial and gameplay video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1CmQqU6Lk8

User testing and data collection through a questionnaire will allow for comparison of a set of design parameters that differ across the two apps with reference to their impact on user motivation.

Link to the user testing questionnaire:
https://ochatzifoti1.typeform.com/to/ExuIQ1tX

Thank you for participating!
Olga Chatzifoti

Project Dates
Project start date: 
April, 2021
Project Detailed Information
Areas of Activity: 
Community learning
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Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Olga Chatzifoti
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Garden Cottage

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
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Summary

This was the first registered LAND project through ScotLAND. We welcome visitors on open days as specified on the website or by prior arrangement otherwise.

About the project

A thirty year old forest garden (the longest standing intentional food forest garden in Britain according to Permaculture Magazine) fully equipped as a teaching space with major improvements to our household in terms of energy efficiency. Last year (2018) we have grown over a tonne of food in a fifth of an acre (800 sq metres or .08 of a hectare). Peak yield has been 1.25 metric tonnes of food. This is a yield rate pro-rata of 16 tonnes a hectare, twice what even the best chemical farmers produce here. For the last many years we have also produced our own firewood and half our electricity, and operated a working plant and tree nursery in the same space. We are now changing that arrangement as we are getting older, but the garden is still highly productive. We continue to teach courses here and off site. Our main expertise and interest are Permaculture Design (introductory, full design course, and advanced), Forest Gardening, Food Preservation and Permaculture Training of Teachers.

Project Dates
Project start date: 
July, 1990
Project Detailed Information
Number of people involved: 
8
Areas of Activity: 
Earth Care
People Care
Fair Shares
Design Principles
Built Environment
Energy conservation and efficiency
Passive Solar
Settlement types and design
Low impact development
Sustainable building and construction
Biotechture
Building retrofit
Construction materials and processes
Water in the built environment
Water in the home and garden
Culture & Education
Adult education
Community learning
Participatory arts and music
Celebrations and events
Learning and thinking skills
Action Research
Reading Landscape
Spirit of Place
Passing on knowledge
Teaching
Finance & Economics
Sustainable livelihoods
Business types
Fair trade
Trading skills
New economics
Green economics
Health & Wellbeing
Diet & Nutrition
Preserving and storing food
Physical well being
Cycle of life
Dying with Dignity
Parenting
Vision and purpose
Spirituality
Rest, play and sleep
Land & Nature Stewardship
Composting
Biodiversity
Climate
Community growing and urban agriculture
Ecology
Forest Gardening
Gleaning & Wild harvesting
Gardening techniques
Seed Saving
Landscape types
Strategies for arid landscapes
Mushrooms
Nature conservation and management
Regeneration and succession
Plants
Seas and oceans
Trees, woodland, forestry
Soil
UK habitats
Domestic energy systems
Recycling and waste processing
Reducing consumption
Renewable Energy
Solar power
Photovoltaics
Reuse & recycling
Transport and mobility
Bicycles and rickshaws
Buses, trams and trains
Permaculture Details: 
As the first diploma holder in the UK (1990) we have thirty years expereince of inegrating Permaculture Design in every aspect of our lives. We have still ways to go and are still learning. Right now our main interest is in sharing what we know with those coming after.
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Contact Name: 
Graham Bell
Telephone number: 
01890 88 2448
International
International Networking Organisation: 
0
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0
Data transfer from previous site
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