Talk at European Association for International Education

September 2018

The 30th edition of the EAIE conference takes place in Switzerland. The main site of the conference is in Geneva, with visits to different university campuses. During the visit to the HES-SO, Dominique gives a talk on the theme “Serious games and simulations for academic education”.

A serious game for a playful discovery of University of Fribourg

September 2018

Developed in partnership between AlbaSim and the LIP of the University of Fribourg, the serious game Péroll’ard allowed visitors to the “Open house day” of the University of Fribourg to discover the different activities organized within the University.


The game consists of collecting points and clues by visiting the various exhibitions in order to solve an enigma, and thus allows the playful discovery of the University.

The data collected during this experiment are being processed. The objective is to assess the usability of the current version of the game and understand its effects on how the visit has been perceived by visitors to “Open house day”.

AlbaSim in Norway

August 2018

Dominique Jaccard spends a week in Norway, as a visiting professor at the University of Agder (UiA).


During this week, Dominique introduces our serious game for project management (PM-Game) in 3 different programs (bachelor in art, bachelor in engineering and master courses for advanced project management). UiA professors will then use the PM-Game for the rest of the semester.

During the week, several possibilities for research collaborations on serious games are established.

What we do…

AlbaSim is a research group in the field of serious games for educational purposes.


Our research activities includes creating development methods and tools for serious games, pedagogical innovation linked with serious games, learning analytics and behavior analysis, impacts of serious games on the learning process.

Serious games

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.

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Research Projects

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

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)

H2020 : M-Benefits (2018)

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

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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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