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Integrating serious games in adaptive hypermedia applications for personalised learning experiences

Hendrix, M., Arnab, S., Dunwell, I., Petridis, P., Lameras, P., de Freitas, S., Knutov, E. and Auneau, L. (2013) Integrating serious games in adaptive hypermedia applications for personalised learning experiences. In: 5th International Conference on Mobile, Hybrid, and On-Line Learning, eLmL 2013, 23 February - 1 March, Nice; France pp. 43-48.

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Game-based approaches to learning are increasingly recognized for their potential to stimulate intrinsic motivation amongst learners. While a range of examples of effective serious games exist, creating high-fidelity content with which to populate games is resource-intensive task. To reduce this resource requirement, research is increasingly exploring means to reuse and repurpose existing games. Education has proven a popular application area for Adaptive Hypermedia (AH), as adaptation can offer enriched learning experiences. Whilst content has mainly been in the form of rich text, various efforts have been made to integrate serious games into AH. However, there is little in the way of effective integrated authoring and user modeling support. This paper explores avenues for effectively integrating serious games into AH. In particular, we consider authoring and user modeling aspects in addition to integration into run-time adaptation engines, thereby enabling authors to create AH that includes an adaptive game, thus going beyond mere selection of a suitable game and towards an approach with the capability to adapt and respond to the needs of learners and educators.

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