16 March 2018 from 09:30 to 17:00

Moving Goal Posts in Educational Game Design

The pillar Games for Learning within the focus area Game Research organizes a symposium titled ‘Moving Goal Posts in Educational Game Design’ on Friday, March 16, 2018. The pillar focuses on educational games and the production, technology and rhetoric of such games. Furthermore, complementary aspects like the evaluation/validation of educational games and educational contexts (e.g. the role of games in the 21st century skills debate) will be discussed as well. The program of the day is outlined below.


Timeslot Activity

09:30 - 10:00

Reception and registration

10:00 - 10:15

Opening speech
(Prof. dr. Wouter van Joolingen, Freudenthal Institute,
Utrecht University)

10:15 - 11:15

Session 1: Game didactics in formal education

Review Effective instructional techniques in GBL
Dr. Pieter Wouters (Department of Education, Utrecht University)


Dr. Martijn Koops (edHUgames/Instituut Archimedes/HU)

11:15 - 11:30

11:30 - 12:00

Session 2: Perceptions of stakeholders
Jantina Huizenga (College of Child Development and Education,
University of Amsterdam)

12:00 - 12:30

Session 3: Games in Primary education -  Design for Learning
Hester Stubbé (TNO)

12:30 - 13:30


13:30 - 14:30

Session 4: Games in Secondary education


Newton’s Race: Designing and implementing an educational game
in the classroom
Anne van der Linden (Freudenthal Institute, Utrecht University)


Serious Support for Serious Gaming
Dr. Judith ter Vrugte (Department of Instructional Technology,
University of Twente)

14:30 - 14:45


14:45 - 15:45

Session 5: Games in Higher education


Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) for nursing students’
Diana Zwart (Expertise center of Education Windesheim,
University of Applied Sciences)


Using Analytical Game Design to make datasets ‘playable’ in
classroom situations
Dr. Stefan Werning (Department for Media & Culture Studies,
Utrecht University)

15:45 - 16:00

Conclusions/Closing of Symposium
Prof. dr. Liesbeth Kester (Department of Education,
Utrecht University)

16:00 - 17:00


Start date and time
16 March 2018 09:30
End date and time
16 March 2018 17:00