Case Study: Open Universiteit
Educational serious game videos for criminal law students
Dutch university Open Universiteit created one of the first large-scale serious gaming projects in Dutch education called Damocles. Damocles is an interactive video sequence in which the viewer gets to make decisions and handle a criminal murder and drugs case. The serious game was piloted through over 400 criminal law students.
Watch the trailer Damocles trailer here to get an impression of the interactive video series! Make sure to turn on subtitles to watch in your own language.
Open universiteit was looking for a way to enhance learning efficiency of criminal law proceses for their students. Criminal law professor Sven Brinkhoff wanted to recreate a real life scenario of handling a criminal process through an engaging, online experience.
With the help of branched scenarios, decisions viewers make influence the course of the video. Clickable hotspots, buttons, and question interactions create an immersive learning experience, allowing viewers to apply learned information in realistic scenarios.
Data that is gathered from these videos yield valuable input for real life classes. Given answers and other information are discussed during classes and create a connection between studying from home, through interactive video, and in class.