Gamifying Activity aims to develop, test and evaluate a prototype smartphone app to enhance parental motivation to spend time with their children to help them develop their motor skills. The app will be specifically developed for pre-school aged children (3-5 years of age) and focuses on making learning fun and to be engaging for both parents and children.
The study hopes to transform lives by increasing fundamental motor skill competence, and levels of physical activity among this age group, both of which have been shown to be sub-optimal and linked with health and educational outcomes (Hardy, Reinten-Reynolds, Espinel, Zask and Oakley 2012).
It is expected this app is likely to bring about positive changes to the family environment whilst maintaining the integrity of the learning experience.
Gamifying Activity brings together researchers with expertise in Education, Information Systems and Technologies, and Graphic Design.
Dr Holly Tootell is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences' School of Computing and Information Technologies.
Dr Mark Freeman is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences' School of Computing and Information Technologies.
Dr Grant Ellmers is a lecturer in the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts within the School of the Arts, English and Media.
Prof Tony Okely is the Director of UOW's Early Start Institute within the Faculty of Social Sciences.