Introduction to Instructional Design of Serious Game

Serious games are those that serve a goal other than pure enjoyment, such as teaching, raising awareness, training, advertising, or any other "serious" objective that can be motivated by the compelling environment that games offer. In the past, serious games have frequently been employed in the fields of education, training, healthcare, finance and defence. Serious games, which can use a variety of gaming technologies to support or aid in an individual's training or the development of an industry as a whole, are defined as the junction between learning, simulation, and gaming. Serious games encourage players to maximize their own performance by combining more interactive learning with the strength of competition and a sense of accomplishment.

In this programme, participants will study the fundamentals of serious games, which are created with precisely these goals in mind. This programme will define serious games and talk about the varying kinds that have been created. We will discuss the appeal of playing them as well as any potential effects. Participants will learn how serious games function and how players are drawn to them using cutting‐edge concepts from game studies and case studies of serious games created from various industry. Finally, participants will be introduced to various tools required for the assessment and validation framework for serious games.

Course Details

Course Dates:
Not available.

2 days, 9am - 5pm


Who Should Attend

Participants can be from various industries, who may be interested to learn how to initiate a serious games development project or evaluate an existing serious game within their organisation.

Examples of industry

  • Healthcare Practitioners (including clinicians, nurses, training officers)
  • Technology Developers
  • Engineers
  • Educators/School Instructional Designers

Programme Outline

Learning Objectives
  • Recognise that although a serious game is designed for the purpose of enhancing user engagement and immersive experience, it requires an instructional design approach with a specific learning objective

  • Understand serious game design fundamentals, game modification and playtesting

  • Appreciate that analysing a game’s formal conceptual design, its elements, and their relation to each other based on the games purpose is a constructive first step in assessing serious games

  • Participants will be introduced to tools for Serious Games Design Assessment (SGDA) Framework and will learn how to use it

  • Be equipped with basic instructional design knowledge and practice how to meaningfully design and evaluate a serious game

Day 1
  • Introduction and definition of serious games
  • Game design fundamentals, modification, and playtesting
  • Introduction of game evaluation and tools for serious game design validation framework (Octalysis model), case studies' examples
  • Introduction to Day 2 serious game evaluation based on participants’ industry
Day 2
  • Game evaluation and tools for serious game design validation framework (SG DiVa model), case studies' examples
  • Assessment of participants' industry with relation to serious game, critique of the serious game assessment framework used and conclusion
  • Assignment and presentation

Course Fees and Funding

Full course fee inclusive of prevailing GST

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SkillsFuture Course Fee subsidy (70%)

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  • For Permanent Residents

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Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy (90%)

  • For Singapore Citizens ≥ 40 years old

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Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (90%)

  • For SME - Sponsored employees

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The above module fee payable is inclusive of prevailing GST.


Leo Chen Huei​
Assistant Professor, SMT

Chen Huei is currently an Assistant Professor for the Science, Mathematics and Technology (SMT) cluster in SUTD. He obtained his PhD in June 2012 in the Discipline of Cell Biology & Anatomy, School of Medical Sciences at RMIT University. In Feb 2012, he was recruited to join Professor Laura Parry’s laboratory at The University of Melbourne in partnership with the pharmaceutical giant, Novartis AG, to lead pre-clinical vascular studies on the reproductive hormone, relaxin, and its benefits in the phase III clinical trial (RELAX-AHF) for acute heart failure patients.
Chen Huei’s research interest focuses on the blood vessels and particularly the cells that line in the interior surface of blood vessels. Through his research efforts, he has published several landmark scientific papers describing the impact of several diseases such as diabetes, pre-eclampsia and hypertension on blood vessel function. His research also involves designing new alternative therapeutics for vascular diseases, which opens a potential new direction for the prevention and treatment of vascular diseases.

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