LEGADEE (LEarning GAme DEsign Environment) is a free authoring environment that helps game designers and teachers design Learning Games that are fun and educational.

This open source environment was designed and developed in 2012, during Iza Marfisi-Schottman's doctorate at the LIRIS lab in France, directed by Franck Tarpin-Bernard and Sébastien George.

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Example LEGADEE level 1 Example LEGADEE level 1 Exporation of LEGADEE Learning Games (sub cathegory of Serious Games) are computer games that are designed for a primary purpose other than pure entertainment and that can be used for teaching. Although they are relevant to many fields of education, their development remains very difficult, expensive and time consuming.

LEGADEE is a collaboration tool that offers a methodology and adapted tools to guide the various actors that participate in the Learning Games conception: client, pedagogical expert (teacher), game designer, stage designer, developer.

LEGADEE also integrates an innovative Learning Game scenario model that represents the educational structure chosen by the pedagogical expert and also the way this structure is integrated into the game scenario imagined by the game designer. This model covers different levels of precision from the global scenario of the Learning Game down to the details of each screen. LEGADEE also allows the de-signers to specify the targeted pedagogical objectives, roles, characters and locations in game.

At all times, LEGADEE offers a system that analyzes the Learning Game currently being designed and indicates ways to design a balanced and comprehensive scenario that integrates all the targeted skills.

LEGADEE also allows designers to search for reusable Learning Game software components in a database to reduce production costs: cross-word and QCM editors, toolbars, tools for tutors...

Once the design is completed, LEDADEE exports detailed the specifications of the Learning Game containing all the necessary information for the production team (developer, graphic designer, actors, sound manager ...).

More information on the research that led to LEGADEE here.

Related research articles
français Iza Marfisi-Schottman, Sébastien George, Franck Tarpin-Bernard, Patrick Prévôt
"Comment évaluer la qualité d'un Learning Game pendant sa conception ?",
Actes de la Conférence Technologies de l'Information et de la Communication pour l'Enseignement, TICE'2012, Lyon, France, 11-12 décembre 2012, à paraître.

français Iza Marfisi-Schottman
"Méthodologie, modèles et outils pour la conception de Learning Games",
Thése d'informatique, INSA de Lyon, soutenue le 28 novembre 2012, 339p.

français Iza Marfisi-Schottman, Sébastien George, Franck Tarpin-Bernard,
"Un profil d'application de LOM pour les Serious Games",
Actes de la Conférence Environnements Informatiques pour l'Apprentissage Humain, EIAH'2011, Mons, Belgique, 25-27 mai 2011, pp. 81-94

français Iza Marfisi-Schottman, Sébastien George, Franck Tarpin-Bernard,
"Tools and Methods for Efficiently Designing Serious Games",
4th Europeen Conference on Games Based Learning ECGBL2010, Copenhagen, Denmark, 21-22 October 2010, pp. 226-234.

français Iza Marfisi-Schottman et Sébastien George,
"Environnement Web multi-acteurs pour la conception de Serious Games",
Actes de la Journée scientifique "Conception des EIAH à l'ère du Web 2.0 et à l'aube du 3.0", Amiens, 2 juillet 2010.

français Iza Marfisi-Schottman, Aymen Sghaier, Sébastien George, Patrick Prévôt, Franck Tarpin-Bernard,
"Vers une industrialisation de la conception et de la production de Serious Game",
Workshop "Jeux Sérieux : conception et usages Conférence EIAH’2009, Le Mans, France, 23 juin 2009, pp. 75-84.

français Iza Marfisi-Schottman, Aymen Sghaier, Sébastien George, Franck Tarpin-Bernard, Patrick Prévôt,
"Towards Industrialized Conception and Production of Serious Games",
International Conference on Technology and Education ICTE, Paris, France, 25-27 June 2009, pp. 1016-1020.

More publications in English coming up soon...
If you want more information, please feel free to contact me at iza.marfisi@gmail.com.