Semsem-DEV: A framework to develop and evaluate educational games mechanics

Mahmoud Awad, Sarah Alzibali, Shahad Alkarboush

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    This paper introduces the initial results from the Semsem-DEV tool which is part of the Semsem portal. Semsem is an online portal that allows teachers and parents to develop and share educational games with children in a collaborative and intelligent environment. The Semsem portal consists of three different parts, TELL, DEV & PLAY. The Semsem-DEV is a tool that allows users to develop their own educational games and assign them as assignments for students. To develop this tool, we have evaluated several curricula and identified teaching patterns, we have also evaluated many educational games that teach the same subjects, then we link the patterns to the games to create a list of game mechanics that parents and teachers can use. The system highlights the importance of design choices of educational games, either in terms of aesthetics, dynamics or mechanics. The system helps designers to choose the best design elements for each task based on learner profiles. It then allows them to receive instant feedback about the design decisions as soon as games are played by the learners
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationECGBL 2018 - 12th European Conference on Game Based Learning
    EditorsMelanie Ciussi
    Place of PublicationReading
    PublisherAcademic Conferences and Publishing International Limited
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Electronic) 9781912764006
    ISBN (Print)9781911218999
    Publication statusPublished - 5 Oct 2018
    Event12th European Conference on Game Based Learning, ECGBL 2018 - Skema Business School, Sophia Antipolis, France
    Duration: 4 Oct 20185 Oct 2018
    Conference number: 12

    Publication series

    NameEuropean Conference on Game Based Learning Proceedings
    ISSN (Print)2049-0992
    ISSN (Electronic)2049-100X


    Conference12th European Conference on Game Based Learning, ECGBL 2018
    Abbreviated titleECGBL
    CitySophia Antipolis
    Internet address


    • Educational games portal
    • serious games framework
    • serious games mechanics
    • teaching patterns


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