Make an educational game For Moodle

With open source tools

In this tutorial we will realize a serious game from A to Z to the creation until the integration in the famous LMS Moodle.
You probably already had the idea to create a fun interface for the revisions of your learners on Moodle.
This simple tutorial offers you in 45 minutes maximum the possibility to make your first serious video game with open-eLearning authoring software that you can download from the official link: download.

Do not panic this tutorial is written for beginners .

open-eLearning allows you to make fun training modules (or not) for Moodle platforms (and others)

1 - Initialize the serious game project

This first part presents how to launch a project "empty" or "initial".
An open-eLearning project is a set of slides read in an order determined by the instructional designer. Start creating your educational game project using new project on the launch screen.

Then choose a "New Project".

2 - Setting up the game board

Like any good game we need to install a world map so that the learner player can have the satisfaction of seeing progress on the path and its gauges.
It seems that this influences the engagement of the learners!
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You can also redraw or add elements with the inkscape free software.

The scenery you will use is an image of 960px by 720px applied as wallpaper.

In open-eLearning it is possible to apply a wallpaper of 960px by 720px or to use a large image that will be cut automatically at its center so as to decorate all the big screens.

To do this we will press the slide editing button at the top right.

Then choose Options

And finally choose background image

3 - The health bar (or bar of lives)

A point of health, is a parameter appeared in the role plays and especially used in video games. It is used to determine the state of health of an entity and therefore to know if it is rather on the right path or not.
To make fun this educational game we will add a life bar on this screen

Make Panel Game >> health points

Save the project in your workspace
Close the editor for the moment

4 - Setting up interactive elements.

We are going for this part to use additional objects (called extensions or plugins) available at this address:
These objects allow you to add as many objects as you need, depending on your job or educational orientation, which makes open-eLearning a very flexible tool.

For this project we will install 2 extensions:
maptarget and wordhidden

How to install these new objects :
Restart the software and on the welcome screen and choose "extensions" Choose "elearning-plugins"

As you can see a number of open-elearning features are already extensions.
Choose the folder with a small +

Take the downloaded packages and place them in the open folder
Zip the files here.
Close Open eLearning and restart it.

5 - Setting up Maptarget object.

On slide 0 we will place a Maptarget object

This object allows you to have an automatic path from the beginning to the end of the map.
Each Point will go to the screen that has the corresponding page number

Point number 1 = Slide number 1
Point number 2 = Slide number 2
Etc. etc.
The last point number 9 is the victory slide

6 - The WordsHidden

Mystery words are a game that consists of finding a list of words in a grid filled with letters.
Words can be found horizontally, vertically, obliquely, upside down, or upside down. They can intersect and the same letter can be part of several words in the grid.
Associated with a learning context for example an article or a video this can help to better remember the important vocabulary

7 - Setting up activity screens.

On slide 1 we will place a WordsHidden game

Once placed open the settings window and enter the following items:

We will accompany this game of a button with the action "personalized action"

Set the actions in this way:

8 - Test of the game

Press preview at bottom left to test your game

9 - Export the game to a Scorm / xApi package

Select MENU >> Export SCORM

10 - Import the game to Moodle

If you are wanting to test it out you can also use the site.
Log in as a teacher in one of the courses to Moodle and create a course.
Then either with editing turned on,

select "add an activity>SCORM/AICC", choose the SCORM course format and you will be prompted to upload it there.