What are serious games?
Many people already know what games are and how to define them. But do you know anything about “serious” games?
Serious games are games. But they’ve been designed with an educational purpose. Serious games were not created to be played for amusement or entertainment.
For other educators like myself, serious games offer a distinct advantage compared to using commercially available off-the-shelf games. When using those commercial games I have to work to adapt them to what I want my students to learn. Serious games on the other hand are available for teaching and learning right out of the “box.”
Serious games have allowed us to improve our teaching practices by using game structures, constructs, and scaffolding directly for learning.