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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