Combining ludology and narratology in an open authorable framework for educational games for children: The scenario of teaching preschoolers with autism diagnosis

Nikolaos Vidakis, Eirini Christinaki, Iosif Serafimidis, George Triantafyllidis

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This paper presents the initial findings and the on-going work of IOLAOS project, a general open authorable framework for educational games for children. This framework features an editor, where the game narrative can be created or edited, according to specific needs. A ludic approach is also used both for the interface as well as for the game design. More specifically, by em-ploying physical and natural user interface (NUI), we aim to achieve ludic inter-faces. Moreover, by designing the educational game with playful elements, we follow a ludic design. This framework is then applied for the scenario of teach-ing preschoolers with autism diagnosis. Children with autism have been report-ed to exhibit deficits in the recognition of affective expressions and the percep-tion of emotions. With the appropriate intervention, elimination of those deficits can be achieved. Interventions are proposed to start as early as possible. Com-puter-based programs have been widely used with success to teach people with autism to recognize emotions. However, those computer interventions require considerable skills for interaction. Such abilities are beyond very young chil-dren with autism as most probably they don’t have the skills to interact with computers. In this context, our approach with the suggested framework employs a ludic interface based on NUI, a ludic game design and takes account of the specific characteristics of preschoolers with autism diagnosis and their physical abilities for customizing accordingly the narrative of the game.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUniversal Access in Human-Computer Interaction. Universal Access to Information and Knowledge : 8th International Conference, UAHCI 2014, Held as Part of HCI International 2014, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, June 22-27, 2014, Proceedings, Part II
EditorsConstantine Stephanidis, Margherita Antona
Number of pages11
Volume8514
PublisherSpringer Publishing Company
Publication date2014
Pages626-636
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-07439-9
ISBN (Electronic) 978-3-319-07440-5
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Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventHCII 2014: Human Computer Interaction - Crete, Creta Maris, Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 22 Jun 201427 Jun 2014

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ConferenceHCII 2014
LocationCrete
CountryGreece
CityCreta Maris, Heraklion
Period22/06/201427/06/2014
SeriesLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN0302-9743

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Vidakis, N., Christinaki, E., Serafimidis, I., & Triantafyllidis, G. (2014). Combining ludology and narratology in an open authorable framework for educational games for children: The scenario of teaching preschoolers with autism diagnosis. In C. Stephanidis, & M. Antona (Eds.), Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction. Universal Access to Information and Knowledge: 8th International Conference, UAHCI 2014, Held as Part of HCI International 2014, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, June 22-27, 2014, Proceedings, Part II (Vol. 8514, pp. 626-636). Springer Publishing Company. Lecture Notes in Computer Science https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-07440-5_57
Vidakis, Nikolaos ; Christinaki, Eirini ; Serafimidis, Iosif ; Triantafyllidis, George. / Combining ludology and narratology in an open authorable framework for educational games for children : The scenario of teaching preschoolers with autism diagnosis. Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction. Universal Access to Information and Knowledge: 8th International Conference, UAHCI 2014, Held as Part of HCI International 2014, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, June 22-27, 2014, Proceedings, Part II. editor / Constantine Stephanidis ; Margherita Antona. Vol. 8514 Springer Publishing Company, 2014. pp. 626-636 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science).
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Vidakis, N, Christinaki, E, Serafimidis, I & Triantafyllidis, G 2014, Combining ludology and narratology in an open authorable framework for educational games for children: The scenario of teaching preschoolers with autism diagnosis. in C Stephanidis & M Antona (eds), Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction. Universal Access to Information and Knowledge: 8th International Conference, UAHCI 2014, Held as Part of HCI International 2014, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, June 22-27, 2014, Proceedings, Part II. vol. 8514, Springer Publishing Company, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, pp. 626-636, HCII 2014, Creta Maris, Heraklion, Greece, 22/06/2014. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-07440-5_57

Combining ludology and narratology in an open authorable framework for educational games for children : The scenario of teaching preschoolers with autism diagnosis. / Vidakis, Nikolaos; Christinaki, Eirini; Serafimidis, Iosif; Triantafyllidis, George.

Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction. Universal Access to Information and Knowledge: 8th International Conference, UAHCI 2014, Held as Part of HCI International 2014, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, June 22-27, 2014, Proceedings, Part II. ed. / Constantine Stephanidis; Margherita Antona. Vol. 8514 Springer Publishing Company, 2014. p. 626-636 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science).

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Vidakis N, Christinaki E, Serafimidis I, Triantafyllidis G. Combining ludology and narratology in an open authorable framework for educational games for children: The scenario of teaching preschoolers with autism diagnosis. In Stephanidis C, Antona M, editors, Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction. Universal Access to Information and Knowledge: 8th International Conference, UAHCI 2014, Held as Part of HCI International 2014, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, June 22-27, 2014, Proceedings, Part II. Vol. 8514. Springer Publishing Company. 2014. p. 626-636. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-07440-5_57