Dr Petros Lameras of the Serious Games Institute (SGI) at Coventry University (UK) was keynote speaker at the recent eMadrid network summit in Spain, on 20 May. With a presentation entitled "Stipulating innovation in stem learning and teaching with the use of serious games", he presented ISE and and tested SimAULA with some students and teachers that had a go and play with it.
The presentation provided an overview of the SGI as a centre of excellence in serious games applied research in relation to the overarching applied research strands and the serious games that have been developed focusing on education, health and environment. Special emphasis was given on serious games for STEM learning and teaching (e.g.: SimAULA) stipulating the emergence of games that aim to enhance teachers and student skills, competencies and learning outcomes in formal and informal learning settings.
A discussion and reflection session followed, about games and other technology-based learning interventions for co-design, co-creation, measurement, analysis and visualisation of deeper learning processes, strategies, methods and knowledge forms enacted in games.