AlbaSim at Politecnico do Porto

October 2019

Dominique Jaccard spends a week as a visiting professor at Politecnico do Porto, including leading a workshop “Serious Games in Higher Education”, a master’s course in project management based on the PM-Game, a visit to the business management simulation laboratory and discussions on possible future collaborations.

First test of the Emergency Triage game

September 2019

The Emergency Triage game is used for the first time by a panel of triage experts in order to evaluate its usability and realism. The development of this serious game is carried out in close collaboration with the “La Source” school of nursing sciences in Lausanne.

AlbaSim at the 4th Gamification & Serious Game Symposium

July 2019

AlbaSim is represented at the GSGS’19 conference by Jarle Hulaas with two presentations:

  • Jaccard D. , Maksay G.  and Hulaas J., Media Serious Game – a serious game as an introduction to HES studies
  • Plumettaz-Sieber M. , Hulaas J, Sanchez E., Jaccard D., Co-design of a serious game for computing education
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What we do…

AlbaSim is the “Serious Game” research axis at the Media Engineering Institute of the HES-SO.

Our research and development activities are related to the design and development of Serious Games for training purposes. A Serious Game is a computer application that combines a serious intention, of an educational, informative or training nature with playful mechanics from the worlds of video games and computer simulations.

Our research and development activities includes designing authoring tools for serious games, integrating serious games and active pedagogies, using serious games as a basis for resolving real-world problems, analyzing the impact of using serious games.
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The Wegas platform

The Wegas authoring system developed in our institute, to facilitate access to serious games:

  • Costs reduction
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Simplified game customization

Research Projects

«Serious games» in higher education (2019)

The objective of this project is to explore, test and disseminate the potential for educational innovation brought by serious games in university education.

This project is funded by the DIKU (Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Improvement in Higher Education), who promotes promote development and innovation in education, encourage international cooperation and digital learning methods.

Partners: University in Agder, Norway

Emergency Game – A serious game to evaluate the impact of environmental distractors on the performance of emergency triage (2018)

In the emergency department, triage decisions have a direct impact on patients’ survival rates. However, studies have found significant differences in nurses’ attribution of emergency degrees, with major consequences on patient management. 


Among the factors that could explain the cause of these discrepancies, distractors in the work environment such as noise or task interruptions were highlighted but did not benefit from specific investigations, particularly due to the difficulty of evaluating them in real healthcare environments.

Therefore, in this project, we will develop and use a serious game in order to reproduces a work environment with distractors and provide a unique opportunity to explore their impacts on the quality of triage in emergency departments.

This study will provide a better understanding of the contribution of the work environment to safe care.

Partners:  Institut et Haute Ecole de santé La Source, Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève (HUG)

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We conduct AR&D projects in collaboration with academic partners ranging from pedagogical research centers to natural language processing.

LIP – Laboratoire d’Innovation Pédagogique (UniFr)

Joint research projects in the area of learning analytics and education in computational thinking.

La Source, Institut et Haute Ecole de la Santé

Collaboration on the development of serious games for education and research in nursing sciences.

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