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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

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Approx. 15 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 weeks of study, 3-5 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English, French

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
3 hours to complete

Introduction and Definition

What are serious games? What characteristics do they have in common with digital entertainment games? And what sets them apart from other media products? In this first module, we set out to define the field. Get ready to immerse yourself and play your first serious game. ...
5 videos (Total 20 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
5 videos
Introduction to serious gaming2m
The definition and characteristics of serious games7m
Introducing this course4m
Darfur is Dying3m
2 readings
Introducing the team10m
Suggested reading & additional sources10m
Week
2
1 hour to complete

The Theoretical Framework

You might be wondering why we keep on playing a game, even though we sometimes lose or get stuck in a level. In this module, you will learn about what is so motivating about games. We will discuss theories and also a practical example of a serious game that encourages commuters to leave their car at home more often....
5 videos (Total 33 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
5 videos
The relationship between play and culture8m
The psychological functionality of play5m
Motivations for playing and gaming8m
From 5 to 47m
1 reading
Suggested reading & additional sources10m
1 practice exercise
The attractiveness of play20m
Week
3
1 hour to complete

Different Serious Games and Simulations

Throughout this MOOC, you will learn that serious games are applicable in various situations. In this module, we introduce a taxonomy of serious games, which is a classification of the different kinds of serious games. We will focus on one type of serious games in particular: simulations. You will see how simulators are used in complex training situations. So get ready to visit the harbor of Rotterdam and a hospital emergency room... ...
4 videos (Total 17 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
4 videos
The ABCDEsim4m
Simulation at VSTEP5m
Taxonomy of serious games1m
1 reading
Suggested reading & additional sources10m
1 practice exercise
Simulations and other types of serious games12m
Week
4
3 hours to complete

Persuasive Gaming

How can a game influence the attitude of a player? In this module, we will dive into a specific kind of serious games: persuasive games. Rhetoric and psychological theories will help you to understand how the process of persuasion works. And we will analyze in practice how persuasive games can help us to feel empathy for poverty-stricken teenagers, what it feels like to have autism or understand the impact of gun violence....
4 videos (Total 23 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
4 videos
Persuasive properties6m
The process of persuasion5m
Three case studies6m
2 readings
Playing persuasive games10m
Suggested reading & additional sources10m
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By KKJan 8th 2017

An interesting course to learn about serious gaming overview. It deliverded with examples and good reference in youtube and websites to view examples of such serious games.

By DDAug 20th 2017

Very interesting course with interesting lecturer. Thanks guys! I learnt a lot on through the concepts, theories and real live case studies!

Instructors

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Jeroen Jansz

Full Professor
Media & Communication
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Mijke Slot

Dr.
Media & Communication

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