Evaluation of Serious Games: A Holistic Approach

Christina Steiner, Paul Hollins, E. Kluijfhout, Mihai Dascalu, Dietrich Albert, W. Westera, Alexander Nussbaumer

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Digital games constitute a major emerging technology that is expected to enter mainstream educational use within a few years. The highly engaging and motivating character of such games bears great potential to support immersive, meaningful, and situated learning experiences. To seize this potential, meaningful quality and impact measurements are indispensible. Although there is a growing body of evidence on the efficacy of games for learning, evaluation is often poorly designed, incomplete, biased, if not entirely absent. Well-designed evaluations demonstrating the educational effect as well as the return on investment of serious games may foster broader adoption by educational institutions and training providers, and support the development of the serious game industry. The European project RAGE introduces a comprehensive and multi-perspective framework for serious game evaluation, which is presented in this paper.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICERI 2015 Proceedings
Subtitle of host publication8th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation Seville, Spain. 18-20 November, 2015.
EditorsL. Gómez Chova, A. López Martínez, I. Candel Torres
PublisherIATED Academy
ISBN (Print)978-84-608-2657-6
Publication statusPublished - 4 Oct 2015
EventICERI2015: 8th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation - Seville, Spain
Duration: 16 Nov 201518 Nov 2015

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SeriesICERI Proceedings


Abbreviated titleICERI2015
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  • serious games
  • evaluation
  • empirical evidence
  • game development
  • learning effectiveness

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