Expert Evaluator Decision Tree Tool to Support Heuristics Educational Game (HEG) Evaluation
1Shirindokht Farhady, Amirfarhad Farhadi, 1Dr . Azizah Jaafar, and 1Dr . Riza Sulaiman
1Faculty of Information Science and Technology, Department of Visual Informatics, University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Malaysia
Abstract: A great potential of educational computer games in learning process has prepared a good opportunity for teachers to apply “playful elements” in learning environments. As a result educational computer games are widely used as tools to entertain, instruct, motivate and develop skills. The effectiveness of a computer game in sense of help players to learn has been matter of game education industry for years. One of the best methods to assess game usability is game heuristics. Heuristics is an evaluation method that was developed and improved tremendously from general interface evaluation to specific evaluation such as computer game application. This study aimed to provide an easy to use, yet valid method to best evaluate usability of a game, it focuses on two techniques based on two types of evaluators; the expert evaluators and real users. A decision tree, which is based on two levels of evaluation, is the outcome of this study with which, game players with the medium understanding of game can benefit from. Here first a collection of game evaluation criteria are collected from literature and then has been verified to be valid and related by experts.
[Farhady Sh, Farhady A.F., Jaafar A, Sulaiman, R. Expert Evaluator Decision Tree Tool to Support Heuristics Educational Game (Heg) Evaluation. Life Sci J 2013;10(4s):569-575] (ISSN:1097-8135). http://www.lifesciencesite.com. 87
Key word: evaluation, computer game, heuristics, decision tree.