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Jannicke Baalsrud Hauge

Narrative Serious Game Mechanics (NSGM) – Insights into the narrative-pedagogical mechanism; Gala Serious Game Mechanics Workshops

Narratives are used to construct and deconstruct the time and space of events. In games, as in real life, narratives add layers of meaning and engage players by enhancing or clarifying content. From an educational perspective, narratives are a semiotic conduit for evoking critical thinking skills and promoting knowledge discovery/acquisition. While narrative is central to Serious Games (SG), the relationships between gameplay, narrative and pedagogy in SG design remain unclear, and narrative’s elemental influence on learning outcomes is not fully understood yet. This paper presents a purpose- processing methodology that aims to support the mapping of SG design patterns and pedagogical practices, allowing designers to create more meaningful SGs. In the case of narrative, the intention is to establish whether Narrative Serious Game Mechanics (NSGM) can provide players with opportunities for reasoning and reflective analysis that may even transcend the game-based learning environment.

Short CV

Jannicke Baalsrud Hauge is research scientist at Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik (BIBA). She is teaching risk management, decision making and collaboration in SC at the University of Bremen and Jacobs University. Main interest: Serious games, TEL, use of ICT in logistics. She has been responsible for and managed the BIBA contribution in several EU and national projects in the field of serious games development and application, Innovation in and ICT for logistics and productions as well as education/training. She is responsible for the BIBAgaming lab. Her main research topic is logistics and risk management in production networks and the mediation of skills using educational games. She is currently involved in the Games and Learning Alliance (GaLA) project, a network of excellence on Serious Games. Authored 100+ papers.


Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik (BIBA), Germany