Introducing serious games with Wikis: empowering the teacher with simple technologies

Peter Van Rosmalen, Wim Westera

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    Despite the continuous and abundant growth of the game market the uptake of games in education has been hampered by the general impression that games require complex technologies and that games are difficult to organise and to embed in education curriculums. This paper explores to what extent a simple serious game scenario that can be easily adopted and adapted by individual teachers and that only uses a common, relatively simple technology can leverage the adoption of serious games. It discusses the design of such a game, Argument, based on a Wiki and its use in a 6 weeks trial by students of a Master of Learning Sciences Programme. The results indicate that, even though a Wiki has clear limitations, it is a useful instrument to build game alike educational activities, to gain experience with and as a first step to use (more) complex serious games.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)564-577
    Number of pages14
    JournalInteractive LearnIng Environments
    Issue number5
    Early online date2 Aug 2012
    Publication statusPublished - 3 Sep 2014


    • Wiki-games
    • Serious games
    • teacher training
    • gamification
    • Wiki


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