Strategies and Tools to Enable Reuse in Serious Games Ecosystems and Beyond

Ioana Andreea Stanescu , Antoniu Stefan, Theodore Lim, Jannicke Baalsrud Hauge, Robert Wendrich, Gabriela Neagu, Francesco Bellotti

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Software ecosystems are defined as collections of organizations that are related through software or a software related concept. Within such ecosystems, reusability is fundamental to software sustainability and cost-efficiency. Design for reusability brings the technical promise of high quality software that emerges from clean design, fitness for a purpose and a low defect count. This ensures the software is extensible to cater for or modifiable for different pipelines, data and purposes. Serious Games (SG) software projects are an example of software ecosystems that have been known to consume considerable resources, yet deliver sub-standard and expensive products. From an educational perspective, the accessibility of reusable, open components repositories for SG development would provide far greater benefits. SG researchers, developers and implementers can adopt reusability to create a gateway to reusable SG assets for the SG community. This would facilitate sustainable models, class libraries, organizational structures, and knowledge to improve SG design and fit for purpose. For SG reusability to reach its full potential this effort should not address exclusively the SG ecosystems but cross the boundaries of other disciplines to establish its impact. Under these premises, the authors consider the development of a Serious Games Reusability Reference Point (SGREF) to assist the SG community and support trans-disciplinary initiatives.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLet's build the future through learning innovatio
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 10th International Scientific Conference "eLearning and Software for Education" Bucharest, April 24 - 25, 2014
EditorsIon Roceanu
PublisherUniversitatea Nationala de Aparare Carol I
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 24 Apr 2014
Event10th International Scientific Conference eLearning and Software for Education 2014 - Romania, Bucharest, Romania
Duration: 24 Apr 201425 Apr 2014

Publication series

NameConference proceedings of "eLearning and Software for Education" (eLSE)
PublisherUniversitatea Nationala de Aparare Carol I
ISSN (Electronic)2066-026X


Conference10th International Scientific Conference eLearning and Software for Education 2014


  • Serious games
  • Reusability
  • Design tools


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