Cross-disciplinary approaches for developing serious games in Higher Education: Frameworks for Food Safety and Environmental Health Education

Rooney, P. and O'Rourke, K. C. and Burke, G. and Mac Namee, B. and Igbrude, C. (2009) Cross-disciplinary approaches for developing serious games in Higher Education: Frameworks for Food Safety and Environmental Health Education. [Conference Proceedings]

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While some educators have adopted commercial offthe-shelf games for use in the classroom, such games may not always meet the individual requirements of lecturers whose courses are tied to specific learning outcomes. An alternative is to capitalise on in-house expertise in Higher Education and create serious games through cross-disciplinary team projects. This paper outlines such a project within one Higher Education institution. It describes synergies created across disciplines as a result of the collaboration on game design and implementation. It looks at tensions generated between the pedagogical requirements (of lecturers), entertainment objectives (of games designers) and technical excellence (sought by developers). Additionally, this paper looks at two serious games designed within this framework. Through reflections on the process and the product, this paper examines whether the collaborative process adopted within a Higher Education context can generate a product good enough to sit beside professionally designed games. © 2009 IEEE.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Design; Environmental health; Food safety; Higher education; Serious games; Collaborative process; Commercial off the shelves; Cross-disciplinary approaches; Cross-disciplinary teams; Game design; Games designers; Higher education institutions; Specific learning; Technical excellence; Education; Environmental engineering; Hazardous materials; Health; Game theory
Depositing User: National Forum
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2015 16:55
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2015 22:19
URI: http://eprints.teachingandlearning.ie/id/eprint/3609

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