Using activity theory in the study of educational serious games

Here I describe a model for analyzing serious games based on activity theory. The model can also be used for serious game design as a tool to evaluate prototypes. This post is a short summary of an academic article published in Computers & Education (link in the text). An important part of my PhD research […] Continue Reading »

Building a SOA framework for serious games – ICALT 2015 presentation

In this post, I describe my work in defining a service-oriented architecture (SOA) framework for serious games. It is a summary of the paper that was presented in the 15th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies (ICALT2015) in Hualien, Taiwan. This work received a best full paper award in the event. If you are […] Continue Reading »

“What’s your PhD about?”, one year later

One year and a few months ago I wrote a post trying to explain the topic of my PhD. I would like to give a small follow up on how that evolved. To recap, I wrote that my topic was developing a tool to automatically capture and represent over time the emotional states of players in a collaborative Serious […] Continue Reading »

EC-TEL: Tutorial on Seamless Assessment in SGs

As I mentioned previously, I participated in the Eight European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL 2013), in Paphos, Cyprus. I helped on the organization of the Tutorial on Seamless Assessment in SGs, offered by partners of the GaLA project. (For a more complete description of my experience in the conference, check out this post.) Our tutorial took […] Continue Reading »

Game Ontology Project in a mindmap

I have just created a public mindmap with the hierarchy (and links) to the ontology described in the excellent Game Ontology Project. The mind map gives a much better visualization of the whole thing. I made the map public, so feel free to edit it and update as needed :) http://www.mindmeister.com/324669511/game-ontology-project Enjoy!

A mind map of open standards relevant to Serious Games

It’s been less than two months since I started my PhD. I’m a new student, and my broad research topic, Serious Games, is also new to me. Unsurprisingly, I’m still unable to see clearly to where I should point my future research, and even less so to identify the thread that connects what I had […] Continue Reading »