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The Hidden Collection

DIGITAL LIBRARY UI-DESIGN GAMIFICATION

A game that motivates students to read the books their teachers love.

The Hidden Collection is an interface to a special selection of books from the library of our academy. It was special because it was selected for the students that want to learn more than just the standard curriculum.

The selection was made by asking teachers to review their three favorite books in the library. These reviews were used as the starting point of the interface, so the students chose the books based on their recommendation.

Collecting the data from the teachers

To collect all reviews of the books from the teachers I had to build a campaign. I made an online form using PHP and SQL to make teachers add their chosen books to a database. I only had to go to the teachers with a small treat to ask them to fill it in.

How The Hidden Collection works

The interface works as a collection game, asking a bit of effort from the motivated student. Normally an interface aims to make information easier to access. But the Hidden Collection makes it a challenge to test the student if he is motivated enough. And by adding effort when searching for a book, it gives an extra value to the book.

When you find a book from the Hidden Collection, you collect it to your index. You can also see who else found it before you, and if they left a note in the book. You can also leave a note yourself. This way the interface serves as a starting point for deep conversation about the studies.

The 7 steps of the Hidden Collection

  • Find an interesting review. Read through the teacher reviews on the back on the map to find a book you might like.

  • To get the exact direction, lay the map in the middle of the library and scan the QR-code.

  • Scan the QR-Code on the label in the book to start your hunt.

  • Follow the arrow in the app untill you find the hidden book.

  • Scan the label in the hidden book you just found.

  • Add the book to your collection and leave a note for the next finder.

  • Keep doing this untill you found all the books in the Hidden Collection.

Find an interesting review. Read through the teacher reviews on the back on the map to find a book you might like.

To get the exact direction, lay the map in the middle of the library and scan the QR-code.

Everyday her data changes, based on this the App gives advise on how to behave.

Scan the QR-Code on the label in the book to start your hunt.

Scan the label in the hidden book you just found.

Add the book to your collection and leave a note for the next finder.

Keep doing this untill you found all the books in the Hidden Collection.

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