Mar. 23, 2009 to Mar. 24, 2009
Serious games offer a relatively low cost, highly engaging alternative to traditional forms of soft skills training. The current paper describes an approach taken to designing a serious game for the training of soft skills. A tabletop prototype of the game was created and evaluated with a group of 24 participants. Initial findings suggest that the game successfully created an environment in which it was advantageous to engage in appropriate collaborative decision making behaviors, as well as providing built-in opportunities for a tutor to guide under-performing groups.
Game design, serious games methodologies, education and learning, collaborative games, soft skills
Conor Linehan, Shaun Lawson, Mark Doughty, "Tabletop Prototyping of Serious Games for 'Soft Skills' Training", VS-GAMES, 2009, Games and Virtual Worlds for Serious Applications, Conference in, Games and Virtual Worlds for Serious Applications, Conference in 2009, pp. 182-185, doi:10.1109/VS-GAMES.2009.9