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An experiential and practical approach – a characteristic that is common to the three courses of the first summer school on applied games from the Harvard Medical School, ENTI-UB and EUSES

The first summer school in applied games from the Harvard Medical School, ENTI-UB and EUSES is committed to a specialised and eminently practical training, aimed at professionals in the fields of health, sport and new technologies. For this reason, both the two courses on Serious Games for Health (SGH): standard and advanced, as well as the Serious Games for Sport (SGS) focus on experiential and practical aspects.

Thus, over these three years, you will get to know the best applications and implementations in the field of public health and sport, you will review the best examples and the measurable results, and you will learn to apply the best strategies for designing, implementing and evaluating these. You will thus learn about the four crucial phases in the creation of a game applied to health or sport: strategic planning, acquiring resources, programming and developing the prototype, and lastly, the sale of the applied game, i.e. its introduction into the market.

Focusing on the content of each course, it should be noted that in the case of the standard course on Serious Games for Health, there will be an introduction to games applied to health; working groups will be created; the preliminary aspects of game design will be examined; you will complete your first design challenge, and discuss and test real Serious Games, taking into account such things as market trends, the opinions of experts, etc. On the second day of the course, the 4th of July, you will study all the aspects related to these applied games in greater detail, such as: the protocol for designing these pieces; their implementation; the metrics of evaluation: KPIs and ROI; among other aspects.

This year, this training is supplemented with the theme of sport, with the course on Serious Games for Sport (SGS). A single session will include an introduction to applied games on the field of sport, working groups will be set up, you will learn the basic protocols for designing this type of games, you will learn the basics for applying them in practice, you will analyse the results using the most appropriate metrics, you will prepare and deliver your presentation, etc.

Lastly, on July 6th and 7th, you will be able to participate in the Serious Games for Health (advanced) course; the best way to deepen and consolidate your knowledge in this field. On the first day, you will learn the state of the art of SGH, you will carry out networking, you will define their reward systems, you will develop an advanced design and attend several demos from companies that are already consolidated. On the second day of the training, on July 7th, you will focus on creation: prototyping, implementation and evaluating games applied to health, using advanced tools for analysing games such as: Cloud Architectures and frameworks. You will also prepare the definitive design (second challenge), learn how the scientific foundations of these pieces evolve, participate in group discussions where games will be compared and then evaluated scientifically, and the final conclusions drawn, etc.

In short, the three courses of the first summer school on applied games from the Harvard Medical School, offer training with a sound scientific basis and focusing predominantly on practical aspects, so that you will be able to implement Serious Games in your day-to-day professional life.

The timetable for the three courses will be from 9 am to 6 pm and they will be held in Barcelona (C/Diputación, 231).  If you are interested in attending, please sign up by sending an e-mail message to: info@enti.cat.

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