Research and Design of Educational Games
Course code
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Course title in Estonian
Õpimängude uurimine ja arendamine
Course title in English
Research and Design of Educational Games
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
Assessment form
lecturer of 2019/2020  Spring semester
õppejõud on määramata
lecturer of 2020/2021  Autumn semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
The objective of the course is to gain deeper insights into current research topics of serious and educational games and how this research influences the design of games. The course will introduce students into the use of design patterns that can be used to turn the research results into game design artefacts.
Brief description of the course
The course will cover the following topics. Each topic will be prepared by a small group of students and presented in the class. Each class that is prepared consists of a short introduction of the main concepts of the research topic, some research results, a small game intervention with other students that illustrates characteristics of the topic and a group exercise to develop game design patterns from presented results.
• Game Studies and the history of game related research
• Cognitive aspects of gameplay
• Emotional and Motivational aspects of gameplay, game experience, immersion and flow
• Creativity and creative thinking and gameplay
• Social and Community aspects of gameplay
• Serious games as persuasive technology and behaviour change
• Cultural and ethical aspects of games and play
• Gender issues in games and play

Independent work
• Students perform independent research for one topic
• Students present the research in class
• Students write a report, including a summary of the design patterns
developed with other students in the class

Learning outcomes in the course
• Acquiring an understanding of the main theories and concepts in games research
• Acquiring a basic understanding of game design patterns and how to turn research results into patterns
• Ability to read, analyse, criticise and present research results and how they were derived to fellow students in an understandable manner
• Ability to translate research results into design ideas
Assessment methods
Assessment – Students will choose one topic from the game research and introduce its concepts or empirical data to the rest of the class.
Tobias Ley
Additional information
Students have to be present in at least 80% of the contact lessons
Replacement literature