Overview of 2014 Erasmus Intensive Programme(IP) on Serious Games

Introduction

This Erasmus IP on serious games is an on-going international project involving four 3rd education providers, one each from Norway, Austria, The Netherlands and Ireland.

The IP partners are:

  • Hogeschool van Amsterdam (Netherlands)
  • Fachhochschule Vorarlberg GmbH (Austria)
  • I.T. Carlow (Ireland)
  • Hogskolen i Sor-Trondelag (Norway)

Each year 60 computing students (15 from each partner college) and 8 lecturing staff (2 from each partner) gather at the host college for two weeks to develop prototype serious games relating to industrial safety and training. The sixty students are divided into 8 groups. Each group is an international mix of game designers, software developers and digital artists. The groups work in conjunction with an industrial partner to develop prototypes serious games for the purposes of safety education or training or other uses on behalf of the industrial partner.

Previous years

Three groups of I.T.Carlow final year Games Development students and lecturers have travelled and taken part in this IP in Norway(2010), the Netherlands(2012) and Austria(2013). They have worked with oil refineries, flood defence and electricity companies to produce novel and useful serious games to help these companies solve domain specific problems in areas such as training, safety and public education.

I.P. 2014

I.T. Carlow is scheduled to host the IP from March 24-April 4th 45 international students and 6 international staff who will work with our own games development students and staff during the IP fornight. The students will work full time on the project during the two weeks. The industrial partner will be the Irish Defence forces.