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JOY x UT. : Designing an e-Health web-platform to promote joyful physical activity amongst university employees

Aström, F.K. (2019) JOY x UT. : Designing an e-Health web-platform to promote joyful physical activity amongst university employees.

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Abstract:Background: Changing health behaviour is notoriously difficult, with many lifestyle interventions having limited success. Meanwhile, sedentary behaviour amongst employees has become a worldwide health issue. Designers of lifestyle interventions should focus more on the psychological aspects of behaviour change. Objective: This graduation project aims to design a web-platform that encourages University of Twente (UT) employees to become more physically active, by choosing to partake in physical activities which elicit positive emotions. Methods: 3 iterative user tests were performed with members of the UT workforce, with the participation of 8, 16, and 21 UT employees (in that order). The feedback from these user tests helped shape the design of the web-platform. Results: The web-platform showed high usability (SUS-score of 75), and a majority of users believed that the platform could be helpful to employees in acquiring a more active lifestyle. Moreover, users who engage in physical activity rarely, referred to as ‘beginners’, found the website to be inspiring and relatable. Conclusion: The development of a web-platform aiming to improve physical activity amongst UT employees by focusing on joy has shown to be a novel and promising concept. Further development and empirical research is recommended in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the platform.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:54 computer science, 77 psychology
Programme:Creative Technology BSc (50447)
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