A Conceptual Model for Educational Game Authoring: A Showcase in Math Games

  • Johan BaldeónEmail author
  • Anna Puig
  • Inmaculada Rodríguez
  • Cristian Muriel
  • Leandro Zardain
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10289)


The educational game development is a multidisciplinary software engineering process, where participate instructional and game designers, artists and programmers. Nevertheless, educators, who have an important role in the process, have limitations in authoring games at any moment to adapt them according to key educational aspects such as intended learning outcomes and their metrics, students’ learning styles, teaching and learning activities and embedded assessment. We propose a conceptual domain model that supports the development process of educational game authoring tools taking into account both educational and game domains. We consider authoring in two domains. In the educational domain, teachers configure/modify either generic activities with any curricular content, or specific learning activities with a concrete one. In the game domain teachers configure/modify game elements and challenges. Finally, we present two educational game authoring tools in the domain of maths supported by the proposed conceptual model.


Serious game Game-based learning Educational game authoring 



We thank projects TIN2012–38876–C02–02, 2014SGR623, TIN2015–66863–C2–1–R (MINECO/FEDER), Carolina Foundation, Sergi Cebrian, David Rausell and the contribution of Avatar Group members for supporting the development of this research.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Johan Baldeón
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Anna Puig
    • 2
  • Inmaculada Rodríguez
    • 2
  • Cristian Muriel
    • 2
  • Leandro Zardain
    • 2
  1. 1.Avatar Group, Informatic Section, Engineering DepartmentPontificia Universidad Católica del PerúLimaPeru
  2. 2.WAI Research Group, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, IMUB and UBICS Research InstitutesUniversity of BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain

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