Full Lifecycle Architecture for Serious Games: Integrating Game Learning Analytics and a Game Authoring Tool

Christina Alonso - Fernandez, Dan Cristian Rotaru, Manuel Freire, Ivan Martínez Ortiz, Baltasar Fernández Manjón

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The engaging and goal-oriented nature of serious games has been proven to increase student motivation. Games also allow learning assessment in a non-intrusive fashion. To increase adoption of serious games, their full lifecycle, including design, development, validation, deployment and iterative refine
ment must be made as simple and transparent as possible. Currently
serious games impact analysis and validation is done on a case-by-case basis.
In this paper, we describe a generic architecture that integrates a game authoring tool, uAdventure, with a standards-based Game Learning Analytics framework, providing a holistic approach to bring together development, validation, and analytics, that allows a systematic analysis and validation of serious games impact.
This architecture allows game developers, teachers and students access to different analyses with minimal setup; and improves game development and
evaluation by supporting an evidence-based approach to assess both games and
learning. This system is currently being extended and used in two EU H2020
serious games projects.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSerious Games
Subtitle of host publicationThird Joint International Conference, JCSG 2017, Valencia, Spain, November 23-24, 2017, Proceedings
EditorsMariano Alcañiz, Stefan Göbel , Minhua Ma, Manuel Fradinho Oliveira, Jannicke Baalsrud Hauge , Tim Marsh
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-70111-0
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-70110-3
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2017
Externally publishedYes
EventJoint Conference on Serious Games: JCSG2017 - Valencia, Spain
Duration: 23 Nov 201724 Nov 2017

Publication series

SeriesInformation Systems and Applications, incl. Internet/Web, and HCI


ConferenceJoint Conference on Serious Games: JCSG2017
Abbreviated titleJCSG 2017
Internet address


  • Learning Analytics
  • Serious Games
  • E-learning
  • xAPI
  • uAdventure


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