University level students creating and testing serious games in schools
At the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Education students of Computer Science teacher education in their 4th year of studies in groups design serious learning games on the chosen topic from the field of Computer Science. This year students designed several games using e-Adventure, among them were games dealing with the safe use of social networks “Niko and social network”, game dealing with ASCII code and binary numbers “Secret code”, and game dealing with the basic programming loops “Magical solution 3”.
All of the above games were tested in class with pupils of age 12 to 15. As it showed the most difficult thing was the creation the testing protocols and pre- and post-tests of knowledge. Despite the difficulties results of the testing showed that games were well designed but needed some improvements.
Serious learning game designing is not new at the faculty. Some interesting games were designed by the students also in the previous years. One of the best games from last year “Dr. Zdravko Dren and his adventures”, deals with curing the computers of viruses, Trojans and worms. The English version of the game can be found online on http://hrast.pef.uni-lj.si/games/.