Serious Games

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Serious Games

  1. 1. Add Learner Fun & Engagement with Serious Games Presented by Jordan Epp and Jeanette McKee Instructional Designers at CCDE March 19, 2010
  2. 2. Serious Games What are Serious Games? A serious game is a game designed for a primary purpose other than pure entertainment Various Names: Edutainment, Game-based Learning, Serious Games, eGames, Exergaming, Advertainment, Militainment, Persuasive Games Purpose: Retention, realism, and relevancy Provides motivation through entertainment and interaction Common Example: Microsoft’s Flight Simulator
  3. 3. Serious Games <ul><li>Components: </li></ul><ul><li>Context </li></ul><ul><li>Rules </li></ul><ul><li>Objectives/purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Gaming principles </li></ul><ul><li>To further education and training </li></ul>What are Serious Games?
  4. 4. Serious Games Varieties of Serious Games <ul><li>2D - Interactive PPT or Flash animation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Point and click, drag and drop </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>User input, some feedback </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Simple to moderate interactivity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jeopardy templates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Smart Board (hide and reveal) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Raptivity Flash Templates (250) </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Varieties of Serious Games Con’t <ul><li>2D Game Examples: </li></ul><ul><li>Smart Board Notebook Interactivities - ADDIE game </li></ul><ul><li>Jeopardy PPT Template </li></ul><ul><li>University of Saskatchewan - Pathology Games </li></ul><ul><li>Raptivity Flash Templates </li></ul><ul><li>McGill University - Social intelligence </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www. mindhabits .com - Increase self-confidence, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>reduce stress, improve positive thinking </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Hot Potatoes - interactive multiple-choice, </li></ul><ul><ul><li>short-answer, jumbled-sentence, crossword, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>matching/ordering and gap-fill exercises </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Varieties of Serious Games Con’t <ul><li>3D Simulation Examples </li></ul><ul><li>Second Life, Boston - free; can create objects , </li></ul><ul><li>avatars (3D representation of you in a </li></ul><ul><li>virtual world) www.secondlife.com </li></ul><ul><li>SAIT: SLAIT Robotics Lab, Television Studio </li></ul><ul><li>Quest Atlantis - multi-user environment to immerse </li></ul><ul><li>children, ages 9-16, in educational tasks </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Heros - Healthcare, Federal, Commercial </li></ul><ul><li>Simulated environments </li></ul>
  7. 7. Hands On with Hot Potatoes <ul><li>Open “Hot Potatoes” from you’re desktop </li></ul>Let’s Build a Game
  8. 8. For more information . . . <ul><li>SaskInteractive http://www.saskinteractive.com </li></ul><ul><li>Serious Games Canada has been formed; home in Saskatchewan http://www.seriousgames.ca/ </li></ul>

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