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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Serious Gaming by Erasmus University Rotterdam

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About the Course

Have you ever wondered how playing games can help us to train people, deal with societal challenges or raise awareness of contemporary social issues? In this MOOC you will learn the ins and outs of games that are designed with exactly those purposes in mind: serious games. We will define serious games and discuss the different types that have been developed. We will explain why people like to play them and what impact they may have. State of the art theories from game studies, philosophy and media psychology will be used to help you understand how serious games work and how they appeal to players. The potential impact of gaming is addressed in detail by discussing persuasive games, which aim at changing the player's attitude. Throughout the MOOC, theoretical insights will be illustrated with playful animations and case studies of serious games that are developed by world-class companies in the city of Rotterdam. This MOOC is particularly interesting for you when you are a student considering to study digital media such as serious games, a professional interested in the opportunities these games may create for your organization, or a game developer who wants to know more about the impact serious games can have. Note that this MOOC will not teach you how to design a serious game. Watch the teaser for this MOOC here: Are you ready to broaden your vision on serious games? Join this course and be inspired!...

Top reviews


Nov 1, 2022

Really Wonderful! Never thought of these much impact can be given by games, especially, serious games. The research methods the instructors showed will help in the future research.


Jan 7, 2017

An interesting course to learn about serious gaming overview. It deliverded with examples and good reference in youtube and websites to view examples of such serious games.

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By Deleted A

Sep 4, 2016

Excellent course. Students have the opportunity to learn about the main features of serious games (definition, how they work, kinds of serious games and other topics). Videos are engaging because learners are encouraged to participate not only by answering questions about content, but also to answer short surveys or to play a game. Also, students are invited to try a lot of games in order to get familiar with serious games. The suggested readings are very interesting (I read most of them). Teachers are nice and enthusiastic. Finally, I liked the course because I had enough time to review concepts and also to play the games. I mean, I learned a lot without feeling overwhelmed.

By Malgorzata P

Jun 10, 2021

Perfect to gain basic knowledge regarding the topic of serious games. Additional materials also are interesting and I really loved the iconography summary for each week :)

By Ibrahim H

Jan 2, 2021

Very interesting well structured and highly informative course. this course is related to game design, psychology, gamification, engagement, and motivation theories.

By Julia S

May 5, 2020

Very well constructed course, there was a perfect balance of theory and practice. It showcased what serious game theory is grounded on by showing serious games and depicting them. Very useful if you are interested in learning about serious games, the theory behind it all, and the practical moral and ethical questions underlying them. The videos were informative and the professors were all very knowledgeable and passionate about the topic. Highly recommend!!!

By Sol U

Feb 12, 2021

Wonderful journey through the world of Seriuos Games and basics of Game Theory. Definitley a MUST for everyone involved in the game industry and very good information for those looking persuasive ways of making the world a better place. Loved it! Wish there were more levels to continue in this homo ludens adventure!

By Shikhar C

Sep 9, 2020

This is a great course given by well informed instructors and the best part is that were taught through case studies. This really helped me a lot to understand the concepts that were taught in the well organized modules. Thanks a lot to the instructors and Erasmus University Rotterdam for sharing their knowledge.

By Clara S

Nov 3, 2016

Great speakers, great case studies. The rythme of the course is perfect too (duration of the videos, questions, polls, assignments, quizz).. I have nothing to say except maybe it could be interestng to have the feedback of the teachers themselve on our work.

By Albert F P

Feb 13, 2017

One of the best courses I have done until now in coursera. It is well organized and presented and provide a lot of real examples of serious games to have a clear idea about this topic. Totally recommendable!

By Amélie N

Jul 6, 2019

Je suis très satisfaite. Je me suis inscrite pour acquérir des connaissances de bases. Le cours répond à mes besoins. Les professeurs sont de haut niveau, l'exposé est très clair et bien organisé.


By Fernando T

Jun 29, 2017

Very interesting and well designed course. It helps you to understand from the very basics the dynamics about serious gaming, examples, and its characteristics. Well paced, keeps you hooked.

By Dina R

Sep 26, 2017

What did i learn about Serious Gaming ?

From zero (before) to 8 (since only because all this is new to me)

Learning about this new topic (to me) was a complete challenge in the beginning. I left it for a while (maybe 2 - 3 weeks) then when i returned i skimmed through the from the start to where i stopped then continued. Things we getting much better with me.

One concern however, the professors were speaking some difficult vocabulary (not the simpler english style) - upon which i had to look in the dictionary quite a few times. - but i guess this was because they were selecting very specific meanings to specific exact words they wanted to use.

Thank you very much for this great experience :)

By Ana R D R P

Sep 15, 2021

A comprehensive yet very accessible course that covers all the fundamentals of serious games for non-experts. The course is extremely well built, seeking to apply some of the same principles of serious games into the course design itself. A very interactive learning experience, engaging, very rich in additional information and future venues to pursue, and fantastic presenters/speakers. An incredibly valuable course that enriched my career path and opened future professional prospects.

By Emil E I

Jun 10, 2022

Excellent approach to a MOOC!! The case studies (though some of them have meanwhile become unavailable) helped a lot, videos were interactive and assignments made you think (so were not a tick the box endeavour). The academics/presentedrs of the course worked well as a team and were very human, not oveerly academic or formal. A good example for a MOOC, congratulations to the team behind this project, would be looking forward to a part II forcusing on serious game design.

By Adou J A

Jan 6, 2023

This is a very intersting Mooc for either an introduction to serious games and it’s future and for a helping hand for those interesting in research regarding this topic. I would better like (commercial and open source apps) to be advised on some links for those who want to experiment trying to build their own serious games even if the aim of the Mooc is not game designing. Thank you for this interactive and rich learning activity.

By Stefano T

May 4, 2020

Very interesting course with lot of source material and practical examples. The teachers are clear in their exposition. I only missed some hints on how to realize a serious game: programs? programmation skills? do I have to study these topics in an university to get hired for the realization of a serious game? Otherwise really good course!

By Favio A R C

Oct 13, 2022

I loved it! If you want to know more in depht about Serious games, their classification, fundautions and components; this is the course for you. On the other hand, many advances have been developed in VR/AR, I would love to see a newer version of this course or an update on this subject. Thank you Erasmus University of Rotterdam

By Rohan M T

Apr 29, 2017

Good insight into serious games. Learnt a lot of examples for serious games and the importance of the whole concept. Also how it can be combined with gamification (towards the end).

Met a lot of people with some really great ideas for serious games.

Good lectures and interesting reading articles. Enjoyed the course.

Thank you =)

By Yingrong C

Dec 31, 2020

It's a cool course for beginners to be familiar with serious games and their applications. The course emphasizes psychological, marketing, and educational perspectives of serious games' analysis; however, I found the information provided applies to the study of political games too. Many thanks!

By Tomás M

Jan 11, 2021

El curso de Serious Gaming es uno de los mejores MOOC que he hecho. Con videos muy interesantes y entretenidos de ver, complementan de buena manera las explicaciones con distintos especialistas o caricaturas. Los ejemplos que muestran son útiles y fáciles para poner en práctica.

By Amr A

Dec 5, 2022

Such an amazing course! It contains a lot of ideas that open your eyes towards great projects and advantages of serious games. Definitely recommended to game-devs who wants to try something new, and to who are interested in simulation and new ways in education.

By Magali R

Feb 20, 2017

Excellent MOOC. Gives the fundamentals to understand what a serious game is, how it relates to games and how it can become persuasive. You learn key principles needed before you want to start creating. Interesting week assignment.

By Jean-François M

May 31, 2016

This couse about serious games explains very well the principles to make them attaractive and efficient. Furthermore, it gives good information about how to measure their impact and what could be their evolution in the future.

By Ana L A S d R

Jun 18, 2020

Curso completo para conocer sobre las características del juego para usos educativos. Aunque su finalidad no es que tú desarrolles completamente un juego, brinda los espacios de práctica y ejemplos claros para aprender.

By Giovanna U

May 3, 2021

The course is very interesting for those who want to learn more about serious gaming. It could improve in terms of case studies featuring more games that can be played online and not just video samples of them.

By Jithin S

Nov 2, 2022

Really Wonderful! Never thought of these much impact can be given by games, especially, serious games. The research methods the instructors showed will help in the future research.