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First training trial of serious game M-Benefits

January 2019
This trial session brought together 20 participants representing professional, political and academic communities in the field of energy management.

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The session was held over one day, condensing what the future two-day training sessions will be like, i.e. a combination of theoretical inputs and their application in the serious game. Observations and answers of participants to a short survey confirmed the utility, usability and pleasantness nature of a training based on the serious game. Overall observations made it possible to detect areas of improvement both in interfaces and game contents, as well as in the overall organization of the training day.

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

December 2018

Beginning of a new projet in partnership with “Institut et Haute Ecole de santé La Source” and “Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève (HUG)”.

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In the emergency department, triage decisions have a direct impact on patients’ survival rates. However, studies have found significant differences in nurses’ attribution of the emergency degree, either by over- or under-evaluation, with major consequences for 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.

Learning Analytics Workshop

November 2018

The “learning analytics” workshop is co-organized by AlbaSim and the Laboratoire d’Innovation Pédagogique (University of Fribourg), partners in several research projects. 

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HEIG-VD, salle S107, le 30 novembre 2018 de 9h30 à 12h15

Thème du séminaire

La collecte automatique et l’analyse de données numériques dans le but de comprendre et d’optimiser l’apprentissage ainsi que les dispositifs mis en place est aujourd’hui une méthodologie en plein essor. Ces approches s’inscrivent dans des paradigmes méthodologiques qui relèvent de l’analytique de l’apprentissage (learning analytics) ou de la fouille de données éducatives (educational data mining). Par ailleurs, le développement de méthodes statistiques et plus particulièrement de celles qui relèvent de l’intelligence artificielle ouvre de nouvelles perspectives à la science des données pour l’éducation et la formation. Ces nouvelles perspectives offertes au/à la chercheur/euse concernent par exemple la modélisation comportementale et épistémique de l’apprenant·e à des fins de diagnostic et de compréhension du processus d’apprentissage.

Ce séminaire vise à travailler ces méthodologies émergentes et plus particulièrement à aborder la question de l’analytique de l’apprentissage. Il s’agira d’échanger sur la manière dont les données peuvent être collectées et exploitées pour modéliser l’apprenant·e et favoriser sa prise en compte dans les environnements numériques dédiés à l’éducation et à la formation. Il s’agira également d’identifier les difficultés méthodologiques et questions épistémologiques auxquelles sont confrontés les chercheurs/euses qui emploient de telles approches.

Le séminaire comprendra trois interventions (détails au format PDF) :

  • Enjeux et défis de l’analytique de l’apprentissage
    François Bouchet, Lip6, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France
  • Intelligence artificielle et learning analytics
    Laurent Bolli, HEIG-VD, Suisse
  • Analyse des traces d’interaction du jeu Classcraft, une analyse du comportement du joueur
    Guillaume Bonvin, Eric Sanchez, Unifr, Suisse
    Celso Gonçalves, Uni. Fatra, Brésil

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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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Collaborations

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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