Courses

Summer school: Serious Gaming

Serious gaming is an exciting new development in the business environment, thrust into the public eye by rapid progress in the world of IT. Game design involves applying knowledge from the modelled domain to a mode and manner of representation that can alter a player’s knowledge, attitude or behaviour with regard to the domain.

What do Lego, Munchkin, Pandemic, Ingress, and a business model canvas have in common?Guido Bruinsma (course leader)

They provide the ingredients to learn about the art of game design that can be applied in business, health, safety and smart cities. Serious games have been enabling and fostering behavioral change for decades and we constantly get smarter in the way we use and apply them. We are looking forward to teach you -by playing our game of games- how to make serious games that will change lives, make people learn, change companies and society.

Course details

The Serious Game Design course equips you with a theory-driven play-centric approach. You will develop, play and validate a serious game in groups. In addition to acquiring and applying game design knowledge and domain knowledge through learning by doing, you will experience the agile project management aspects of the design process, with two-day sprints combined with peer student sprint reviews every two days.

Topics

Topics include:

  • Scrum and Ideation
  • Business Modeling
  • Play (999 games)
  • Serious Gaming
  • Game Design
  • Outside Play
  • Behavior Change
  • Dark Side of Gaming
  • Playtest
  • Mechanics and Dynamics
  • Tame your Game
  • Presentation of your Game

For further information or questions please send an email to: curiousu@utwente.nl.

Course schedule

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CuriousU: Serious Gaming

Day
Meet-up and pizza
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Sun. 13-08

Eat pizza and meet up with your fellow students!

Arrival day: check in
Time:10:00 - 18:00
Day:Sun. 13-08

The registration point will be in the biggest tent. Please register as soon as you arrive. If you arrive earlier or later please contact us via curious@utwente.nl 

Explore the campus
Time:20:00 - 22:00
Day:Sun. 13-08

Explore the campus with your new friends.

Jogging around campus
Time:15:00 - 16:00
Day:Sun. 13-08

Want to do some sports and see some cool locations on campus? During this activity you'll do both!

Jogging around campus
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Sun. 13-08

Want to do some sports and see some cool locations on campus? During this activity you'll do both!

Sightseeing around campus
Time:16:00 - 17:00
Day:Sun. 13-08

Don't want to do some sports, but you do want to see some cool locations on campus? During this activity you'll walk around campus with a tourguide.

Sightseeing around campus
Time:21:00 - 22:00
Day:Sun. 13-08

Don't want to do some sports, but you do want to see some cool locations on campus? During this activity you'll walk around campus with a tourguide.

Dinner: buffet
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Mon. 14-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

The playing field
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Mon. 14-08
Assignment
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Mon. 14-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Lean simulation game
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Mon. 14-08

Have fun and enjoy our evening programme while playing a lean simulation game.

Lunch
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Mon. 14-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Mon. 14-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Breakfast & keynote: Ed Brinksma
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Mon. 14-08

Prof.dr. H. (Ed) Brinksma, our former university dean, will kick-off the first inspiration speach @CuriousU!

Dinner: buffet
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Tu. 15-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

The story and the game
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Tu. 15-08
Story development
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Tu. 15-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Breakfast & keynote: J.E. Ramirez-Marquez
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Tu. 15-08

Dr. Ramirez-Marquez has been a researcher all his life with an interest in developing computational techniques to solve a variety of problems. His research efforts are currently focused on the reliability analysis and optimization of complex systems, the development of mathematical models for sensor networks operational effectiveness, the computational analysis of resilience and, the development of evolutionary optimization algorithms. He will give a talk about future trends in smart city research.

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Escape room & silent disco
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Tu. 15-08

During theis evening you can try to get out of an escape room. Next to this we will also have a silent disco. Do not forget to bring your headphones :)

Lunch: blind tasting & nitrogen ice cream
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Tu. 15-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.


During this lunch you can do a blind tasting and eat some nitrogen ice cream. There will also be piñata's and some sticks to smash them!

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Tu. 15-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Lunch: happy as a child
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Wed. 16-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.

During this lunch you can be a child again and hit each other with water pistols!

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Wed. 16-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Breakfast & keynote: Bram Nauta
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Wed. 16-08

Bram Nauta is a professor in Electrical Engineering at the UT and he can tell you everything about chips and circuits. He invented the Nauta Circuit. This invention came to his mind while he was taking a swim. He quickly went out of the pool and asked for pen and paper. Nauta will talk about his invention.

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App prototype
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Wed. 16-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Beach volleyball party
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Wed. 16-08

Play some beach volleyball and dance to the music of Odem Ska and Reggae Band!

Dinner: BBQ
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Wed. 16-08

Bring along your flip-flops, because you'll have an amazing barbecue this evening.

MDA in action
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Wed. 16-08
Going for a picknick
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Th. 17-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Breakfast & keynote: Parya Pasha Zadeh Monajjemi
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Th. 17-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to Parya Pasha Zadeh Monajjemi over breakfast.


She is a Geoinformatics engineer specialized in spatial data management and GIS analysis with a keen interest in spatio-temporal analysis of movement data for understanding human behavior in the context of modern cities.

Grolsch Summer Sounds
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Th. 17-08

Enjoy the night in the city listening to some musical entertainment.

Lunch: C- your future
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Th. 17-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.

During this lunch you'll get introduced to the courses that are being teached at the University of Twente.

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Th. 17-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Dinner: Happy Italy
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Th. 17-08

We go out for dinner at the city: Happy Italy

The grocery store
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Th. 17-08
The cooking pot
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Fri. 18-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Band night
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Fri. 18-08

Baby blue is returning to CuriousU! Last year it was a big succes.

Breakfast & keynote: Lee Vinsel
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Fri. 18-08

Lee Vinsel is an Assistant Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the Stevens Institute of Technology. He studied Philosophy and History of Technology. He will give a talk about maintenance and innovation in our current society. Capitalism excels at innovation but is failing at maintenance, and for most lives it is maintenance that matters more.

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Lunch: Dutch olympics
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Fri. 18-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.

During this lunch you'll do some typical Dutch games.

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Fri. 18-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Dinner: buffet
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Fri. 18-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Determine basic ingredients
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Fri. 18-08
Breakfast
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Sat. 19-08

Have a breakfast first.

Free day / city trip etc.
Time:09:30 - 20:00
Day:Sat. 19-08

This is your day off. You can e.g. do a city trip to Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Rotterdam (The Netherlands) Münster (Germany) or Osnabrück (Germany). Have fun!

Pubquiz
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Sat. 19-08

We will host a cool pubquiz.

Taste & refine
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Sun. 20-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Movie night
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Sun. 20-08

We'll watch a cool movie together!

Lunch: dancing
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Sun. 20-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.


During this lunch you can join a dancing workshop.

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Sun. 20-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Breakfast & keynote: Cristina Zaga
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Sun. 20-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to Cristina Zaga over breakfast. She is a reasearcher in the research group Research Group Human Media Interaction.  Her  research revolves around child-robot cooperative (pro-social) interactions during collaborative games/tasks. 

Add MDA & fun
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Sun. 20-08
Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Sun. 20-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Proof of the pudding
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Mon. 21-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Closing ceremony
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Mon. 21-08

This night we'll close off CuriousU 2017 with everyone and you'll receive your certificate.

Lunch: labtour
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Mon. 21-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.

During this lunch you can have a tour across all the labs on campus.

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Mon. 21-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Breakfast & keynote: Llewelyn van Zyl
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Mon. 21-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to Llewelyn van Zyl over breakfast. He is an industrial psychologist. He has a passion for online positive psychological interventions. Van Zyl is on top of his profession, working as a specialist and consultant, and is currently serving as president of the Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology of South Africa (SIOPSA).

Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Mon. 21-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Island hopping
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Mon. 21-08
Check-out
Time:09:00 - 10:00
Day:Tu. 22-08

The last day. Check out (i.e. returning the keys) and saying goodbye to all your new friends. By returning your key you will get back your deposit for the log cabin or student dorm.

Breakfast
Time:08:15 - 09:00
Day:Tu. 22-08

Have a breakfast first.


Course aim

After participating in this course you will be able to:

  • apply game design methodologies
  • apply game mechanics
  • apply the SCRUM project management methodology
  • provide structured feedback
  • work in multidisciplinary teams
  • present projects at poster presentations

You will also have detailed knowledge of:

  • types of serious games and their applications
  • the game design process
  • game mechanics
  • game validation and evaluation

and more general knowledge of the roles, procedures and workflow of SCRUM.

Course factsheet

  • Methods: Design Lab project
  • Course level: Beginner’s/Intermediate
  • Target group: Students in their second or third Bachelor’s year or entry level Master’s students with an interest in serious gaming.
  • Required knowledge: Creative inspiration
  • Course leader: Dr. Guido Bruinsma and Dr.Ir. Ton Spil
  • Credits: 2 ECTS for successfully completing the summer school

Want to know more?

If you need to know more, we have information available about the fee & programme, an admission check, registration & payment, visa, accomodation and the terms & conditions.