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I hold a PhD on Computer Science and 'im an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the Polytechnic Institute of Porto. I'm also a researcher in the field of e-learning interoperability and programming languages learning at the Center for Research in Advanced Computing Systems (CRACS) research group of INESC TEC Porto. I'm also the author of 5 books regarding Android development and almost 100 scientific publications focused on computer science education.

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  • Name

    Ricardo Queirós
  • Cluster

    Computer Science
  • Role

    Senior Researcher
  • Since

    01st January 2012
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Publications

2022

A Primer on Gamification Standardization

Authors
Queiros, RAPd; Pinto, M; Simões, A; Portela, CF;

Publication
Advances in Human and Social Aspects of Technology - Next-Generation Applications and Implementations of Gamification Systems

Abstract
Computer science education has always been a challenging topic for both sides of the trench: educators and learners. Nowadays, with the pandemic state that we are facing, these challenges are even greater, leading educators to look for strategies that promote effective virtual learning. One of such strategies includes the use of game mechanics to improve student engagement and motivation. This design strategy is typically called gamification. Nowadays, gamification is being seen as the solution to solve most of the issues related to demotivation, complexity, or tedious tasks. In the latest years, we saw thousands of educational applications being created with gamification in mind. Nevertheless, this has been an unsustainable growth with ad hoc designs and implementations of educational gamified applications, hampering interoperability and the reuse of good practices. This chapter presents a systematic study on gamification standardization aiming to characterize the status of the field, namely describing existing frameworks, languages, services, and platforms.

2022

Managing Gamified Programming Courses with the FGPE Platform

Authors
Paiva, JC; Queiros, R; Leal, JP; Swacha, J; Miernik, F;

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Abstract
E-learning tools are gaining increasing relevance as facilitators in the task of learning how to program. This is mainly a result of the pandemic situation and consequent lockdown in several countries, which forced distance learning. Instant and relevant feedback to students, particularly if coupled with gamification, plays a pivotal role in this process and has already been demonstrated as an effective solution in this regard. However, teachers still struggle with the lack of tools that can adequately support the creation and management of online gamified programming courses. Until now, there was no software platform that would be simultaneously open-source and general-purpose (i.e., not integrated with a specific course on a specific programming language) while featuring a meaningful selection of gamification components. Such a solution has been developed as a part of the Framework for Gamified Programming Education (FGPE) project. In this paper, we present its two front-end components: FGPE AuthorKit and FGPE PLE, explain how they can be used by teachers to prepare and manage gamified programming courses, and report the results of the usability evaluation by the teachers using the platform in their classes.

2022

Virtual and Augmented Reality Awareness Tools for Universal Design

Authors
Coelho, LP; Freitas, I; Kaminska, DU; Queirós, R; Laska-Lesniewicz, A; Zwolinski, G; Raposo, R; Vairinhos, M; Pereira, ET; Haamer, E; Anbarjafari, G;

Publication
Emerging Advancements for Virtual and Augmented Reality in Healthcare - Advances in Medical Technologies and Clinical Practice

Abstract
This chapter will be focused on contributing to the increase of universal design competencies of future engineers, educators, and designers through the use of mixed reality technologies, closing the gap between theory and field application of principles, towards a more inclusive world and promoting health and wellbeing for all. The experience of a situation where limitations arise in relation to what is taken for granted is an important experience that leads to a personal knowledge of the difficulties. By the use of simulators, especially virtual (VR) and mixed reality (MR) technologies, it is possible to create such experiences. Training based on MR can prepare future and current professionals for up-to-date requirements of the labor market. In addition, it can ensure that the standards such as barrier-free concepts, broader accessibility, adaptive and assistive technology will be familiar to trainees.

2021

FGPE Gamification Service: A GraphQL Service to Gamify Online Education

Authors
Paiva, JC; Haraszczuk, A; Queirós, R; Leal, JP; Swacha, J; Kosta, S;

Publication
Trends and Applications in Information Systems and Technologies - Volume 4, WorldCIST 2021, Terceira Island, Azores, Portugal, 30 March - 2 April, 2021.

Abstract
Keeping students engaged while learning programming is becoming more and more imperative. Of the several proposed techniques, gamification is presumably the most widely studied and has already proven as an effective means to engage students. However, there is a complete lack of public and customizable solutions to gamified programming education that can be reused with personalized rules and learning material. FGPE Gamification Service (FGPE GS) is an open-source GraphQL service that transforms a package containing the gamification layer – adhering to a dedicated open-source language, GEdIL – into a game. The game provides students with a gamified experience leveraging on the automatically-assessable activities referenced by the challenges. This paper presents FGPE GS, its architecture, data model, and validation. © 2021, The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG.

2021

An Open-Source Gamified Programming Learning Environment (Short Paper)

Authors
Paiva, JC; Queirós, R; Leal, JP; Swacha, J; Miernik, F;

Publication
Second International Computer Programming Education Conference, ICPEC 2021, May 27-28, 2021, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal.

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