Simulating Complex Realities with Serious Gaming

12 October 2022

The purpose of this SAP is to introduce students to a design-based research approach to the development of serious games for dealing with complex issues of change and sustainability.

The focus will be on the questions:

  • how to develop serious games for learning and research sustainability issues?
  • how to ensure that serious games deliver the expected value to the stakeholders involved?

Students will take part in online and on-location presentations, workshops, and multidisciplinary team assignments and cooperation. On-location activities assume short-term international mobility.

From 21 November to 16 December 2022

Face-to-face week
From 12 to 16 December 2022 at the NHL Stenden (Leeuwarden, The Netherlands)

Mode of delivery

Language of instruction

ECTS credits
3 ECTS credits (75 hours)

Academic recognition
To be defined by each higher education institution.
Generally, most students will have this RUN-EU SAP certified in their diploma supplement, as a minimal condition

Eligible participants
All RUN-EU degree students

Proposed learning outcomes

At the end of this Short Advanced Programme, you will:

  • analyse the context of the need for change and build an understanding of a specific problem or opportunity that needs to be acted upon.
  • determine how a serious gaming intervention can contribute to the realisation of related knowledge transfer or knowledge creation objectives.
  • define a specific value to be delivered by the serious gaming intervention and the risks involved in delivering the expected value.
  • define design requirements and develop a model of reality that would lead to the serious gaming design, development, and implementation process.
  • prototype, evaluate, and modify a serious gaming intervention following a structured, iterative, and highly interactive design process.
  • facilitate the implementation of the serious gaming intervention, reflection on its outcomes, and translation of insights into real-life action.

How to apply
Fill in the application form

Deadline for applications
4 November 2022

Selection criteria
Motivation, learning objectives and a wide representation of subject areas/fields and balanced participation of RUN-EU member institutions.

Total number of students to be selected


NHL Stenden, The Netherlands
IPCA, Portugal
FHV, Austria

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