How to create an educative videogame methodology?

First stages completed in the CoGame European project

The Erasmus + project CoGame is a new training program for youngsters and young adults, aiming to build a collaborative videogame creation methodology reusable by teachers and educators. Those videogames will center on local cultural heritage and also help promote European civic values. The project will span over 2016 and 2017: the first stages have been completed by the five partners from Linz (AT), Mons (BE), Barcelona (CAT-ES), Budapest (Hu) and Rome (IT)

CoGame stems from a double realization. On the one hand, videogames have been used in the classroom for a few years, but what has certainly been left unexplored is the possibility for teachers and learners to create videogames suited to their own needs. On the other hand, while historical accuracy and mediation are essential to communicate about our common European heritage and values, ICT tools such as videogames strengthen those qualities by adding interaction, scenarios, characters… and fun!

The objective of the CoGame project is to help young people to learn about the past and civic values while developing digital skills and increasing their employability in one of the most vigorous creative industries all over the world.

So far, the research in existing videogames and the definition of learning outcomes has allowed the partners working on CoGame to pinpoint skills that will hopefully give young adults an advantage on the labor market. Creative thinking, good communication skills, code and programming techniques, teamwork, cultural curiosity and imagination are just a few. In addition to digital contents, the proposed learning modules also address the historical and social background of each region that will form the basis for the various game scenarios. On completing the program, young people will be able to successfully transfer their cultural, digital and creative skills to their future professional life.

After meetings held in Mons, Linz and Rome, discover the stages of the project already completed on www.cogame.eu
The next meetings will take place in Budapest and Barcelona in 2017.

The Mundaneum is part of the Erasmus+ CoGame project. Its partners are CEPS Projectes Socials (ES-CAT); Berufsforderungsintitut Oberösterreich (AT); Laterna Magica Kulturális és Oktatási Szolgáltató Kft. (HU); Centro Informazione e Educazione allo Sviluppo – CIES onlus (IT). This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.