A challenge in software engineering education is to give students sufficient hands-on experience in actually building software. This is necessary so that students can understand which practices and techniques are useful in various situations. In this context, serious games are increasingly considered a powerful instructional method and various games are being developed.
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Project management (PM) is the discipline of planning, executing, monitoring and controlling resources to successfully complete a project. It is a key factor for delivering successful projects on time and within budget. In recent years, all business sectors, including the software sector, have increasingly recognized PM as a core competence. As a consequence, the need for project managers has never been greater than today and the need for PM education and training in the software sector grows.
In this context, serious games have become an alternative offering various advantages. They can help to reinforce basic concepts. Games can also contribute to teach higher-cognitive competencies illustrating their application and relevance with acceptable training time and instructor load. And, building on the engaging nature of games, they can make learning more fun, if not easier.
Examples of Educational PM Games
- PM Master
- Detective Game – what killed the project?
- Earned Value Management Board Game
- Leadership exercise: Dealing with difficult people
- Applying SCRUM: Welcome to SCRUMIA
- SCRUM’ed – A 3D role-playing game to learn Scrum
- SCRUM-scape: A RPG to reinforce SCRUM concepts
- Kahoot PM Quiz
- Paper Tower Competition
Evaluation of Educational Games
Games are becoming increasingly popular for teaching. They are considered to result in a wide range of learning benefits like, increase of learning effectiveness, increased interest and motivation, and reduction of training time and instructor load. However, most of these claims seem not rigorously established due to a lack of sufficient empirical support.
So in order to guide decisions about whether to use a games for certain educational purposes, we developed MEEGA+ a model for assessing the quality of educational games in terms of player experience and perceived learning from the viewpoint of the learners through case studies using a standardized questionnaire. Try it out here.
IGR – Instructional Games Repository
In order to facilitate the dissemination and search for instructional games, we are developing an open repository. Here instructors can search for games and games creators can share information on their games. You can access the current prototype of the repository focusing on project management games here for free.
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