Explora is a game created together with the Laboratoire d’Innovation Pédagogique (LIP) for the 2018 open doors day of University of Fribourg (Switzerland). The game is designed for smartphones and seeks to encourage visitors to discover the animations organized by the different departments on that day. QR-code scanning inside the game allows the player to participate to geolocalized quizzes.
Inspired by the world of witchcraft, the game consists of collecting points and clues by visiting the booths to solve a puzzle. This online application allows players to discover the University’s missions in a fun way. Play is indeed a metaphor for academic work: it is the development and transmission of knowledge that makes it possible to respond to the great challenges facing humanity.
The data collected during this full-scale experiment (traces of interactions at the booths and answers to quizzes) are currently being processed. The aim is to assess the usability of the current version of the game and understand how the visit was perceived by visitors of the open doors day. It is also about understanding how the game can contribute to a better promotion of the University’s missions.
The game was primarily created by Simon Morard using the Wegas authoring platform during his Master’s thesis.
PACT is a joint project with University of Fribourg (Switzerland) and gymnasium teachers, which is funded by the Hasler Foundation. PACT aims at offering innovative game-based learning resources to secondary school teachers in computer programming.
The LIP group of University of Fribourg and the Albasim group are collaborating on the design, development, implementation, analysis and dissemination of game-based programming education.
Three categories of research questions are addressed:
Members of the PACT project: Eric Sanchez (UNIFR-LIP), Dominique Jaccard (HEIG-VD), Jarle Hulaas (HEIG-VD), Maud Plumettaz-Sieber (UNIFR-LIP), Christian Brodard (Collège de Gambach), Laurent Bardy (Collège St Michel), Laurence Fidanza (Collège du Sud), Cédric Donner (Collège du Sud), Andre Maurer (GYB), Samuel Vannay (LCC).
Industrial and service sectors offers potential for cost-effective energy-savings. But under-investment in energy-efficiency is observed in all EU countries. This is called the «energy-efficiency gap».
The goal of this Horizon 2020 European Project is to train energy experts to evaluate all effects of energy efficiency measures. This work will contribute to increase attractiveness of energy projects and to reduce the energy-efficiency gap.
In this project, AlbaSim is the task leader for the development of the serious games that will be used for training of energy-efficiency experts and for results dissemination.
Partners: European Commission – Horizon 2020
Development of a serious game in the field of governance and territorial development. This simulation is used in graduate programmes and continuing education.
Partners: Environmental Governance and Territorial Development, University of Geneva
Development of a simulation for health care training. The simulation can be used both in presential and distant learning.
Innovation: coupling distant simulation software activities with presential virtual patient interactions.
Partners: Department of Nursing Sciences of Fribourg (HEdS-FR), Switzerland.
Objectives: Development of a serious game in the field of corporate law
Innovation: Develop active pedagogy with large audience. Use of a peer review processes inside the serious game.
Partners: Faculty of Law, University of Geneva
Objectives: Development of a serious game in the field of clinical cardiac evaluation
Innovation: Use of a serious game as both a practical exercise and a trigger for individual learning.
Partners: La Source, Institut et Haute Ecole de la Santé
Development of a serious game for sustainable urbanism education.
Partners: Faculty of Geosciences of the University of Lausanne, TRIBU architects
Development of a serious game in the field of project management education.
Innovation: This simulation was the first project management simulation including all phases of a project (initiation, planning, execution, closure), with a authoring content editor enabling trainers to create customized scenarios.
Objectives: Development of an authoring system for creation, edition and diffusion of serious games.
Dominique Jaccard, Jarle Hulaas and Ariane Dumont, Analyse comparative des comportements dans les serious games pour améliorer l’impact sur l’apprentissage, in Proceedings of Ludovia#CH, Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland, March 27-29, 2018.
Interview de D. Jaccard, News Tank Education, Essentiel no 81292, Paris, 25.11.2016.
Dominique Jaccard, Jarle Hulaas and Ariane Dumont, Using Comparative Behavior Analysis to Improve the Impact of Serious Games on Students’ Learning Experience, in Proceedings of Games and Learning Alliance: 5th International Conference, GALA 2016, Utrecht, The Netherlands, December 5–7, 2016, Rosa Bottino, Johan Jeuring and Remco C Veltkamp (Eds), LNCS 10056, pp. 199-210, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016.
Sylvie Baeriswyl, Christine Baeriswyl, Jarle Hulaas, Le serious game “TraumaSim – situation de soins aigus”, 3ème journée d’échanges E-Learning du domaine Santé de la HES-SO, Fribourg, Suisse, 24.11.2016.
Catherine Weber, Christine Sager, Jarle Hulaas, Utilisation d’un serious game pour développer les compétences des étudiants dans le module “soigner en oncologie”, 3ème journée d’échanges E-Learning du domaine Santé de la HES-SO, Fribourg, Suisse, 24.11.2016.
Picca D., Jaccard D., Eberlé G., Natural Language Processing in Serious Games: A state of the art, International Journal of Serious Games, 2015.
Muriel Harduin, Dominique Jaccard, Le jeu sérieux pour préparer les étudiants à l’atelier “Evaluation clinique cardiaque”, 2ème journée d’échanges E-Learning du domaine Santé de la HES-SO, Lausanne, Suisse, 19.11.2015.
Olivier Delémont, Romain Voisard, Dominique Jaccard, Michaël Meyer, From a serious game for crime scene coordination to a reflexion about the roles of images in police activity, NIFF Neuchâtel, 2015.
Preissmann D., Sylvestre E., Jaccard D., Junod C., El Bez C., Flexitests: pédagogies actives en psychologie, 8ème Colloque «Questions de pédagogies dans l’enseignement supérieur», Brest, 2014.
Jaccard D., Roth S., Formation à la gestion de projet et simulations, Revue Economique et Sociale, 2012.
Bonazzi R., Missonier S., Jaccard D., Bienz P., Fritscher B. & Fernandes E., Analysis of serious games implementation for project management courses, in Proceedings of the 8th Conference of the Italian Chapter of AIS (ItAIS), 2011.
Jaccard D., Riboni S., Simprojet: An Innovative Simulation Platform for Experiential Learning in Project Management, in Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Computer Supported Education, pp. 471-477, Valencia, Spain, 2010.
Jaccard D., Riboni S., A Customizable Serious Game for Project Management Education, 3rd International Conference eLBa Science, Rostock, 2010.
Evaluation of the opportunity of using AI solution for improving dialogue aspects in serious games.
Candidate: Pierre-Adrien Ghiringhelli
Development of a prototype of an online serious game in the field of insurances training.
Candidate: Faten Labidi
This simulation will be used for training of professional opticians.
Candidate: Sabine Rochat
Development of an integrated concept for a physical and software escape room.
Candidate: Fabrice Clerc
Development of a simulation for training to complex systems.
Candidate: Yunis Darbellay
Development of a serious game with a purpose of training to electrical safety aspects.
Candidate: Guillaume Lehmann
Development of a prototype of a serious game for Leadership education.
Candidate: Benjamin Gerber
Joint research projects in the area of computational thinking education and learning analytics.
Faculty of Law
Development of a serious game for large audience.
Faculty of Sciences
Development of a serious game for energy management. Teaching collaborations.
Development of a serious game for sustainable urbanism.
Section des sciences du langage et de l’information
Contribution in developing a preliminary module for statical analysis of WEGAS data.
Project Manager: Dr. Davide Picca
Technical coordinator: Dr. Gérald Eberlé.
Faculté de psychologie
Development of a simulation for cognitive psychology investigations.
Ecole des sciences criminelles
Development of a serious game for “Crime Scene Investigation” training.
Collaboration for the project management course.
Collaboration in the development serious games for education and research purposes.
Research and cooperation in the field of serious games.