Evidence Based Game Design – Bridging the gap between game industry and healthcare
JamToday wants to promote projects and organisations that are invested in sharing the potential of game-based learning in education and healthcare. The Evidence Based Game Design project (EBGD) is one to keep an eye on.
The EBGD project is a collaboration between the Digital Arts & Entertainment Research team and Applied Psychology (College University West-Flanders). The project’s goal is to bridge the gap between the game industry and the healthcare sector. Studies have shown that game-based learning technologies can enhance a patient’s or client’s knowledge of their disease or case and raise awareness. The game industry, on the other hand, shows interest in the field of serious games, but are often in need of external collaboration. During this project both healthcare- and game sector are facilitated with useful studies, papers, tools, and best practices on the subject of serious games. Several project partners have joined the program in order to attend multiple user group meetings during which they will be able to share their findings with one another and ultimately realize beneficial partnerships between research and game development. Another goal of the project is to create an open and transparent online platform on which knowledge on the subjects of serious games and game design gets published and distributed: www.evidencebasedgamedesign.com.
The closure event for the Evidence Based Game Design project is taking place in Kortrijk (Belgium) at Texture Vlasmuseum on Tuesday the 29th of September. This symposium is intended for all people in the healthcare and game industry who are interested in the subjects of serious games in healthcare. In addition to the presentation of the project results and the covered topics (acquired brain injury, healthy lifestyle, problematic gaming behaviour, autism spectrum disorders and inflammatory bowel disease), guest speakers will give inspiring talks on the future of serious games in healthcare, serious game design and eHealth in general. The talks will be given by experts such as Lieven Annemans (Professor of Health Economics), Saskia Timmer (Director Changing healthcare), Joris Beerda (Managing Director Octalysis Group), and Julian Alvarez (Doctor in IT and Communication Science). During this day serious game developers will also have the opportunity to represent their company and software solutions at the game exhibition. Registering, contact information, and more concise details about the closure event via http://www.ebgd.be/register. Note that Dutch is the language of communication during the closure event.