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
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)
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)
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
Peroll’Ard 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.
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.
QR-code scanning inside the game allows the player to participate to geolocalized quizzes. 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).
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.
Results: Thousands of students and project managers have been trained with the PM-Game in bachelor, master and postgraduate studies, in many universities and companies like HES-SO, X Polytechnique Paris, University of Lausanne, University of Geneva, Cnam, University of Marseille, Centre d’Education Permanente du Canton de Vaud, or Ecole Hotelière de Lausanne.
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.
Results: Wegas is an open source web-based game authoring and execution platform. This authoring system is both an applied research project in itself and a research infrastructure for co-development and distribution of serious games. Wegas serves as the basis for a broad range of serious games developed in collaboration with universities in Switzerland and abroad, and is currently annually used by thousands of students.
Wegas includes many innovations. It was probably the first web authoring system enabling the creation, content edition and distribution of serious games.
Dominique Jaccard, Gabor Maksay and Jarle Hulaas, Media Serious Game – a serious game as an introduction to HES studies, in Proceedings of the Gamification & Serious Games Symposium 2019 (GSGS’19), Neuchâtel, Switzerland, July 4-5, 2019.
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Maud Plumettaz-Sieber, Jarle Hulaas, Eric Sanchez, Dominique Jaccard, Co-design of a serious game for computing education, in Proceedings of the Gamification & Serious Games Symposium 2019 (GSGS’19), Neuchâtel, Switzerland, July 4-5, 2019.
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Catherine Cooremans, Dominique Jaccard, Jarle Hulaas and Clemens Rohde, Play the Game: Learning about Energy Efficiency can be Fun – Seriously!, in Proceedings of eceee 2019 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency, Presqu’île de Giens, France, 3–8 June 2019.
Maud Plumettaz-Sieber, Dominique Jaccard, Jarle Hulaas and Eric Sanchez, Évaluation de l’acceptabilité, l’utilité et l’utilisabilité du tableau de bord du jeu “Programming Game”, in Proceedings of Workshop « Learning Computational Thinking from Kindergarten to University: Experience reports and scalability », EIAH2019, Paris, France, June 4-7, 2019.
Maud Plumettaz-Sieber, Eric Sanchez, Dominique Jaccard, Jarle Hulaas, Cyril Junod, Laurent Bardy, Fabian Simillion, Brice Canvel, André Maurer and Laurence Fidanza, Co-conception d’un jeu d’apprentissage de la programmation, in Proceedings of Ludovia#CH, Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland, April 16-18, 2019.
Simon Morard, Elsa Paukovics, Eric Sanchez, Jarle Hulaas and Dominique Jaccard, Conception collaborative du jeu Péroll’ard : Outils, méthodes et processus, in Proceedings of Ludovia#CH, Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland, April 16-18, 2019.
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.
Christine Sager-Tinguely, Catherine Weber, Jarle Hulaas, Développer des compétences pour soigner en oncologie : un jeu (très) sérieux, Poster présenté au 19ème Congrès Suisse des Soins en Oncologie, 23 mars 2017, Berne, Suisse. PDF File
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 learning analytics and education in computational thinking.
Collaboration on the development of serious games for education and research in nursing sciences.
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.
Research and cooperation in the field of serious games.