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Erasmus University Rotterdam

Serious Gaming

Erasmus University Rotterdam via Coursera


Have you ever wondered how playing games can help us to train people, deal with societal challenges or raise awareness of contemporary social issues?

In this MOOC you will learn the ins and outs of games that are designed with exactly those purposes in mind: serious games. We will define serious games and discuss the different types that have been developed. We will explain why people like to play them and what impact they may have. State of the art theories from game studies, philosophy and media psychology will be used to help you understand how serious games work and how they appeal to players. The potential impact of gaming is addressed in detail by discussing persuasive games, which aim at changing the player's attitude. Throughout the MOOC, theoretical insights will be illustrated with playful animations and case studies of serious games that are developed by world-class companies in the city of Rotterdam.

This MOOC is particularly interesting for you when you are a student considering to study digital media such as serious games, a professional interested in the opportunities these games may create for your organization, or a game developer who wants to know more about the impact serious games can have. Note that this MOOC will not teach you how to design a serious game.

Watch the teaser for this MOOC here:

Are you ready to broaden your vision on serious games? Join this course and be inspired!

Taught by

Jeroen Jansz and Mijke Slot


4.7 rating, based on 3 Class Central reviews

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  • Pilar Reyes

    Pilar Reyes completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    Excellent course. Students have the opportunity to learn about the main features of serious games (definition, how they work, kinds of serious games and other topics). Videos are engaging because learners are encouraged to participate not only by answering questions about content, but also to answer short surveys or give their opinions, etc. Also, learners are invited to try some games in order to get familiar with these kind of games. The suggested readings are very interesting (I read most of them). Teachers are nice and enthusiastic. Finally, I liked the course because I had enough time to review concepts and also to play the games. In short, I learned without feeling overwhelmed.
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    Auke Maat

    Auke Maat completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    A good course to give insight into serious gaming. Some thinking involved in the different aspects that are covered. Very good coverage of the basics.
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