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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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November 21, 2012

Speaker: Matthias Klauser, PhD Student, Ontario Tech University

Title: Social Game Analysis for Health Games

Abstract: Together with the company Ayogo we analyzed user behavior in a social health game called HealthSeeker. The game tries to help people with diabetes to manage their daily diet or live a healthier live by supporting physical activities. The game uses the community functions of Facebook to integrate social features to enrich the activities and motivation of the player. We analyzed HealthSeekers database and the users’ actions to find out which functions lead to more success in the game and what success users differ from unsuccessful users. Our results show that especially functions aiming directly at social interactions and support motivate players to solve more missions, fulfill more healthy goals and stick longer in the game.