GameOn!: international educational program for
developing Health Games, lessons learned
Harro Leupen, Hanze University of ...
Introduction

Harro Leupen,
o Coordinator & Lecturer: Game On!, Game Innovation.
o Co-developer major Game Design & Develo...
What is my talk about?

Game On: the student program

Projects: development of games addressing health and social issues i...
Game On, the program
A third year, elective program (30ECTS)
The goal:
to develop a serious game that aims to change behav...
Stakeholders
George Onyango, HelpHeal Organization, Community Based
Organization, Kisumu, Kenya
Nataly Martini, School of ...
A closer look at the program
Theory:
o psychology & developing game concepts
o cultural differences and sensitivities
o pr...
A closer look: Design & Production
Keywords: field experts, end-users, game experts, game solution.

14-11-2013
A closer look: Design & Production
Client : assignment
Keywords: experts, focus group, psychology, cultural sensitivity.

...
A closer look: Design & Production
Client : assignment
Keywords: game concept, paper prototype, agile development, beta te...
A closer look: Design & Production
Client : assignment
Keywords: game concept, paper prototype, agile development, beta te...
Past projects: South Sudan

Client: War Child, a Dutch NGO for helping war affected children by using creative
therapy and...
Past projects: South Sudan

Raise awareness and acceptance for disabled
children in South Sudan
Features:
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o
o
o

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o

o
...
Past projects: South Sudan

Testing:
o Paper prototype testing at a
primary school in The Netherlands
o Final game tested ...
Past projects: Sri Lanka

Client: War Child, a Dutch NGO for helping war affected
children by using creative therapy and s...
Past projects: Sri Lanka

Introduce topics of gender related behavior
Features:
o
o
o
o

Flash based PC- game, low system ...
Past projects: Sri Lanka

Testing:
o paper prototype testing at a primary school in The Netherlands
o No testing of final ...
Past projects: Kisumu (Kenya)

Malaria is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in Kenya and
it kills an es...
Past projects: Kisumu (Kenya)
Client: HelpHeal Organization, CBO (community based organization)
Assignment:
To develop a c...
Computer games in Kenya?

26-6-2013
The result: three games

14-11-2013
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Playtest at 3 schools

14-11-2013
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Results

Shared with the game production teams
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26-6-2013
Current status

o Games shipped to HelpHeal
o Played at several schools
o Effectiveness (in relation to the learning
objec...
Current Project: HIV/aids

o New project with HelpHeal (Kenya)
o Subject is HIV/AIDS
o Virtual collaboration in design and...
Lessons Learned

o The importance of a game development method that allows for regular
testing, feedback moments and chang...
Lessons Learned

o A very positive attitude towards the use of computers in education in the
targeted areas: “When GameOn!...
Participation of Kenyan students
Cavendish Wachera Mwangi
There is much I would like to learn from this whole project. Mos...
Participation of Kenyan students
Cavendish Wachera Mwangi
There is much I would like to learn from this whole project. Mos...
Participation of Kenyan students
Oliver Nyaswenta Nyagah
My motivation to join Game On is my interest in animation
(especi...
Participation of Kenyan students
Oliver Nyaswenta Nyagah
My motivation to join Game On is my interest in animation
(especi...
GameOn!…it has been
an exhilarating journey
(George Onyango, HelpHeal)

14-11-2013
Lecturers GameOn

o Eelco Braad, Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen,
the Netherlands. (Game Design, Kaleidosc...
Harro Leupen
Hanze University of Applied
Sciences, Groningen,
the Netherlands
Email:
h.m.leupen@pl.hanze.nl
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  • Coordinating team of GameOn!
  • Basic game design principles, Guest lectures game professionals and domain professionals, research game efficacy.All related in some extent to the end-user!!
  • Input to game based solution: development of blueprint of game and production.Design and production: input/feedback from experts and end-users (or as close as possible)
  • Input to game based solution: development of blueprint of game and production.Design and production: input/feedback from experts and end-users (or as close as possible)
  • Youwon’texpect computer games to be an option in Kenya because computers are lacking. This is not the case, IBM and Cisco are setting up digital villages (Pashas). In 2014 everyfirstgradershould have a (laptop) computer.
  • During the tests 26 children played the games and gave feedback. Alsofocusgroupsession with principals and teachers.
  • International educational program for developing Health Games

    1. 1. GameOn!: international educational program for developing Health Games, lessons learned Harro Leupen, Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen, the Netherlands
    2. 2. Introduction Harro Leupen, o Coordinator & Lecturer: Game On!, Game Innovation. o Co-developer major Game Design & Development o Member expert group of the international major Game Design & Development (starting September 2014) o School of Communication, Media & IT o Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen, the Netherlands. 14-11-2013
    3. 3. What is my talk about? Game On: the student program Projects: development of games addressing health and social issues in developing countries. Lessons learned 14-11-2013
    4. 4. Game On, the program A third year, elective program (30ECTS) The goal: to develop a serious game that aims to change behaviour. The setup: Multi cultural and multi disciplinary teams, that combine expertise from didactic and game production backgrounds, produce an educational game for an international learning environment. The context: o o o o o An international assignment and international client Developing countries 20 weeks of production time Experts: domain and game design & production Virtual collaboration 14-11-2013
    5. 5. Stakeholders George Onyango, HelpHeal Organization, Community Based Organization, Kisumu, Kenya Nataly Martini, School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland, New Zealand (Card Game, Malaria) Rob Willems, School of Communication, Media & IT Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen, The Netherlands William Novak, School of Media, Culture & Design, Burbank, CA Chair, Game Art & Design Department, The United States. 14-11-2013
    6. 6. A closer look at the program Theory: o psychology & developing game concepts o cultural differences and sensitivities o programming/scripting in Flash, Assets o kaleidoscope (meet and discuss with experts from a domain, e.g. malaria, game design, ) o researching effectiveness Design & Production: o Orientation/Blueprint/Design phase: research target audience, game concept -> Game Design Document o Preparation/production/finalization: programming, artwork, playtest prototypes -> final game. 14-11-2013
    7. 7. A closer look: Design & Production Keywords: field experts, end-users, game experts, game solution. 14-11-2013
    8. 8. A closer look: Design & Production Client : assignment Keywords: experts, focus group, psychology, cultural sensitivity. Game expertise Courses: Game concept Kaleidoscope Programming Research Field expertise: domain Courses: Focus Groups Assignment/target University group/end-user Woodbury Psychology Cultural sensitivity, Kaleidoscope Focus Groups: Educational Institute: learning principles University of Auckland: Health & medicine 14-11-2013
    9. 9. A closer look: Design & Production Client : assignment Keywords: game concept, paper prototype, agile development, beta testing, finalization. Game expertise Game based solution: Design Field expertise: domain Client/Assignment 14-11-2013 End-user/target group Game based solution: Production
    10. 10. A closer look: Design & Production Client : assignment Keywords: game concept, paper prototype, agile development, beta testing, finalization. Game expertise Field expertise: domain Client/Assignment 14-11-2013 Feedback and Test: Game based Game Concept Paper prototype solution: Game Design Blueprint SCRUM based production: Game based Sprints & testing solution: Production End-user/target group
    11. 11. Past projects: South Sudan Client: War Child, a Dutch NGO for helping war affected children by using creative therapy and social educational programs. Assignment: o Create awareness and acceptance about children with a disability among inschool children in South-Sudan. o Create a learning experience in a “fun” way Target Group o South Sudanese Children o Between the ages of 10-14 years o Female and Male school going children, not disabled. 14-11-2013
    12. 12. Past projects: South Sudan Raise awareness and acceptance for disabled children in South Sudan Features: o o o o o o o Flash based PC- game, low system requirements Point and click, adventure game Story: help and build a community by solving quests (+20, random generated). The main character is helped by handicapped children and is confronted with a handicap (e.g. Illness/difficulty to walk). Identifiable environment/character. The use of role models in the game (e.g. Mother, Elderly people) Reward: in-game and real life (e.g. instructions to make a real toy or game) 14-11-2013
    13. 13. Past projects: South Sudan Testing: o Paper prototype testing at a primary school in The Netherlands o Final game tested in South Sudan o Questionnaires and interviews carried out by War Child employees Results: low response rate, difficult to interpret. 14-11-2013
    14. 14. Past projects: Sri Lanka Client: War Child, a Dutch NGO for helping war affected children by using creative therapy and social educational programs. Assignment: o Introduce topics of gender relations and choices around sexual behavior in Sri Lanka (part of War Child’s Big Deal Program) Target Group o Sri Lanka: Tamil and Sinhalese. o Between the ages of 16-20 years o Two languages 14-11-2013
    15. 15. Past projects: Sri Lanka Introduce topics of gender related behavior Features: o o o o Flash based PC- game, low system requirements Point and click, adventure game, dialogue driven Story: for the main character (first person) to become a detective, he/she must solve cases Cases relate to War Child’s Big Deal Gender Module 14-11-2013
    16. 16. Past projects: Sri Lanka Testing: o paper prototype testing at a primary school in The Netherlands o No testing of final games o Shipped to Sri Lanka for playtest, difficult to establish exchange of findings. The Sudan game and the Sri Lanka game were targeting war affected areas. Proper evaluation of the games was impossible. 14-11-2013
    17. 17. Past projects: Kisumu (Kenya) Malaria is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in Kenya and it kills an estimated 34,000 children under five in Kenya every year. 77% of Kenya’s population lives in areas where the disease is transmitted. The disease is responsible for 30% of out-patient visits (requiring more than eight million out-patient treatments at health facilities each year) and 15% of all hospital admissions. About 3.5 million children are at risk of infection and developing severe malaria. 14-11-2013
    18. 18. Past projects: Kisumu (Kenya) Client: HelpHeal Organization, CBO (community based organization) Assignment: To develop a computer game in the battle against malaria, for children in primary schools (10 -15) in Kenya (Nyanza province). The game (s) would be a success if children are; o Able to tell signs of malaria clearly o Identify malaria transmission methods o Tell what times of the day mosquitoes bites occur o State cheap and effective ways of preventing malaria o The importance of going to the hospital and finishing drug doses 14-11-2013
    19. 19. Computer games in Kenya? 26-6-2013
    20. 20. The result: three games 14-11-2013
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    24. 24. Playtest at 3 schools 14-11-2013
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    26. 26. Results Shared with the game production teams 14-11-2013
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    28. 28. Current status o Games shipped to HelpHeal o Played at several schools o Effectiveness (in relation to the learning objectives) will be evaluated o Keep evaluating 14-11-2013
    29. 29. Current Project: HIV/aids o New project with HelpHeal (Kenya) o Subject is HIV/AIDS o Virtual collaboration in design and production with JOOUST University and Woodbury University Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology (JOOUST) 14-11-2013
    30. 30. Lessons Learned o The importance of a game development method that allows for regular testing, feedback moments and changes. o The importance of a user/player centred design: the context of playful experiences, including the player and his personal elements contribute to the game. o Cultural awareness in game design and development: consider and adapt to the values and beliefs of the target audience. o Collaboration with local people/end-user in game development adds to game acceptance. 14-11-2013
    31. 31. Lessons Learned o A very positive attitude towards the use of computers in education in the targeted areas: “When GameOn! came along; I was to second guess on one thing now my kids wanted to engage in. (….) I was convicted of the appropriateness of a computer based game tackling any disease; more so malaria. (….) Nothing arouses primary interest of a Kenyan child living on the fringes of Lake Victoria more than an opportunity to play a computer game. It allows them the realization that computers are not complex electronic gadgets that only adults have access to” (G. Onyango, HelpHeal Organization). 14-11-2013
    32. 32. Participation of Kenyan students Cavendish Wachera Mwangi There is much I would like to learn from this whole project. Most important how to program. This would enhance my skills and enable me to be able to create other programs that would be of help to the community. I also would like to become better in teamwork which is a key component in building and implementing of successful projects. In addition I would also like to learn how to create a positive impact to the community around me and in the end be proud of making an achievement. Living in a community infected and affected by Hiv/Aids, watching people die all because of this disease and knowing that I have a chance to change all that and save the future generation by designing games is an opportunity I can’t let pass me by. Thank you for this great chance that you have offered to me. 14-11-2013
    33. 33. Participation of Kenyan students Cavendish Wachera Mwangi There is much I would like to learn from this whole project. Most important how to program. This would enhance my skills and enable me to be able to create other programs that would be of help to the community. I also would like to become better in teamwork which is a key component in building and implementing of successful projects. In addition I would also like to learn how to create a positive impact to the community around me and in the end be proud of making an achievement. Living in a community infected and affected by Hiv/Aids, watching people die all because of this disease and knowing that I have a chance to change all that and save the future generation by designing games is an opportunity I can’t let pass me by. Thank you for this great chance that you have offered to me. 14-11-2013
    34. 34. Participation of Kenyan students Oliver Nyaswenta Nyagah My motivation to join Game On is my interest in animation (especially cartoons and playing games);and also the need to pass important lessons and messages through the simplest and fun way, which captures their attention, therefore reaching more people, hence making the message more relevant. I would also want to learn something new aside from what I am majoring in my university studies. This prompted me to be very interested in the project and would love to be part of it. Also living in a community that is infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, I have seen the impacts of the disease to the community therefore I believe I will be in a good position also to be a researcher to the team. Moreover that I would like to learn programming and I am optimistic that being a team member in Game On I will be able to achieve this ambition. I believe that being part of a team I will be able to improve on my team work which is a major component in any successful project. 14-11-2013
    35. 35. Participation of Kenyan students Oliver Nyaswenta Nyagah My motivation to join Game On is my interest in animation (especially cartoons and playing games);and also the need to pass important lessons and messages through the simplest and fun way, which captures their attention, therefore reaching more people, hence making the message more relevant. I would also want to learn something new aside from what I am majoring in my university studies. This prompted me to be very interested in the project and would love to be part of it. Also living in a community that is infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, I have seen the impacts of the disease to the community therefore I believe I will be in a good position also to be a researcher to the team. Moreover that I would like to learn programming and I am optimistic that being a team member in Game On I will be able to achieve this ambition. I believe that being part of a team I will be able to improve on my team work which is a major component in any successful project. 14-11-2013
    36. 36. GameOn!…it has been an exhilarating journey (George Onyango, HelpHeal) 14-11-2013
    37. 37. Lecturers GameOn o Eelco Braad, Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen, the Netherlands. (Game Design, Kaleidoscope) o Manno Bult, Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen, the Netherlands (Flash Programming) o Loes Damhof, Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen, the Netherlands (Cultural collaboration, dimensions, in game) o Martijn Meutgeert, Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen, the Netherlands (Game Concept) o Lieke Drukker, Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen, the Netherlands (Developmental and Learning Psychology) o Rob Willems, Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen, the Netherlands (Research) o Myself 14-11-2013
    38. 38. Harro Leupen Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen, the Netherlands Email: h.m.leupen@pl.hanze.nl

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