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Instructional Design of Serious Games for Healthcare

Like any other instructional solution, a game should be carefully designed, developed, and implemented to facilitate learning. The goal of a serious game is not only to create an immersive and engaging experience for learners, but also for them to achieve a specific learning outcome. Game designers have a strong understanding of game goals, core dynamics, game mechanics and game elements. But this does not guarantee a serious game if designers do not possess solid instructional design skills.

Day 1 starts with an introduction of what serious games are, followed by a quick look into the interplay between cellular and molecular storage mechanisms and the cognitive neuroscience of memory and learning. This is followed by a peek at why people play and the motivational theories that interpret this behavior. Students are then briefed on serious game design fundamentals, with a focus on iterative design approach and playtest. Day 2 will commence with project management (timeline, budget, and marketing) of serious games, followed by shared experiences of real world case studies. Finally, the need for a unique assessment and accreditation framework for serious games will be covered.

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2 days
9.00AM to 5.00PM


Who Should Attend

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

Participants will learn how to initiate a serious games project within their organization.

Programme Outline

Learning Objectives
  1. Recognize 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.
  2. Describe the interplay between cellular and molecular storage mechanisms and the cognitive neuroscience of memory and learning, particularly how the brain supports these processes.
  3. A key concept of game play is motivation. Participants will explore how learning and motivational theories support the use of games for learning.
  4. 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 the Serious Games Design Assessment Framework (SGDA) and will learn how to use it.
  5. Be equipped with basic instructional design knowledge to meaningfully design, develop, and evaluate a serious game.
  • Play and tell. What are serious games?
  • Memory & how do people learn?
  • Learning and motivational theories
  • Why do you play? - Case studies
  • Rules, play and culture
  • Game design fundamentals
  • Game evaluation
  • Project management for serious games
  • Identifying roles, budget, timelines and marketing
  • Assessment of serious games
  • Accreditation of serious games

Course Fees and Funding

SkillsFuture Course Fee Subsidy

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Mid-career Enhanced Subsidy (MCES) (90%)

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Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (ETSS) (90%)

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Workfare Training Support (WTS)

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Full Course Fee (without subsidies): $1,926 (inclusive of prevailing GST)


Dr Bina Rai
Senior Fellow at SUTD Academy
Senior Lecturer & Program Director at SUTD

Dr Rai received all of her degrees from the National University of Singapore in Microbiology and Bioengineering, with Georgia Institute of Technology contributing to part of her Ph.D thesis. After completing her Ph.D in 2006, she worked as an Acting General Manager at a local biomaterial-based company, Osteopore International. Subsequently, she began her first post-doctoral stint in bio-nanocomposites with the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN, University of Queensland).

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Ivan Boo
Adjunct Senior Fellow at SUTD Academy
President at Serious Games Association (Singapore)

Ivan Boo started his career in the Tourism industry starting with the Singapore Tourism Board then moving on to the Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre. He subsequently joined an International Conference Management Company based in Stockholm, Sweden – Congrex Holdings. He spent two years as the Director of Sales and Marketing for Congrex Singapore and Malaysia.

At the turn of the century, Ivan took a giant step forward by starting his own conference management company: INMEET CMS. Through conference management and talking to the academia and researchers, Ivan uncovered his interests in serious games. This led him to form the Serious Games Association in Singapore. Through the association, Ivan conceptualizes and produces the Serious Games Conference series and the Health Innovation Technology Challenge (HIT Challenge) series from 2012 to 2017. He is currently the President of the Serious Games Association and plays an active role in advocating the use and adoption of games in education, healthcare and adult learning in Singapore and Asia.

He has also since developed several serious games projects for Singapore General Hospital and started his own company Serious Games Asia that focuses on game data analytics.

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