Serious games and the development of an entrepreneurial mindset in higher education engineering students

F Bellotti, R Berta, A De Gloria, E Lavagnino, A Antonaci, F Dagnino, M Ott, M Romero, M Usart, IS Mayer

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The paper discusses adoption of Serious Games (SGs) for supporting development of an entrepreneurial mindset in university students of technical and scientific universities. The paper relies on the authors experience in the eSG project, which aims at introducing students, mainly through practice, to basic concepts of entrepreneurship and company management. In the framework of the project, courses have been designed and carried out in three different countries: Italy, Spain and the Netherlands.

The paper discusses the main requirements for the courses and presents a table template, based on state of the art models for entrepreneurship education, that we have used for the scouting of the most suited SGs and defining the most appropriate mix for their use in the courses, keeping into account targeted competences and skills, usability and pedagogical effectiveness.

Using the template, the paper draws a comprehensive overview of relevant SGs available on the market and identifies, through an expert analysis, key benefits and issues concerning their adoption in teaching entrepreneurship for the target students. Finally, the paper critically analyzes the state of the art, indicating directions for future research that should lead to development of more effective SGs for entrepreneurship education.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to) 357–366
Number of pages10
JournalEntertainment Computing
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 7 Aug 2014


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