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Serious Gaming

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

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Rating 4.5 based on 48 ratings
Length 7 weeks
Effort 6 weeks of study, 3-5 hours/week
Starts Apr 22 (4 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From Erasmus University Rotterdam via Coursera
Instructors Jeroen Jansz, Mijke Slot
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Language English
Subjects Social Sciences Art & Design Humanities Education
Tags Social Sciences Arts And Humanities Music And Art Education

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very interesting in 5 reviews

The suggested readings are very interesting (I read most of them).

Really hard course have good reading guides Very interesting course with interesting lecturer.

Very interesting and well designed course.

I am still in the middle of the course but it is very interesting.

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What did i learn about Serious Gaming ?From zero (before) to 8 (since only because all this is new to me)Learning about this new topic (to me) was a complete challenge in the beginning.

It helps you to understand from the very basics the dynamics about serious gaming, examples, and its characteristics.

Nice way to learn about serious gaming.

An interesting course to learn about serious gaming overview.

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great course in 3 reviews

Great course on the foundations of serious games One of the best courses I have done until now in coursera.

Great course.

Les professeurs sont de haut niveau, l'exposé est très clair et bien organisé.Merci Great course, interesting topics and explanations, thanks !

for serious games in 2 reviews

is very good introduction for serious games Good course.

Learnt a lot of examples for serious games and the importance of the whole concept.

Also how it can be combined with gamification (towards the end).Met a lot of people with some really great ideas for serious games.

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Rating 4.5 based on 48 ratings
Length 7 weeks
Effort 6 weeks of study, 3-5 hours/week
Starts Apr 22 (4 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From Erasmus University Rotterdam via Coursera
Instructors Jeroen Jansz, Mijke Slot
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Social Sciences Art & Design Humanities Education
Tags Social Sciences Arts And Humanities Music And Art Education

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