Serious Games and Experiential Learning: Options for Engineering Education

Ernesto Pacheco-Velázquez, David Ernesto Salinas-Navarro, María Soledad Ramírez-Montoya

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This research delves into the use of simulation games as a learning tool in logistics education, with a focus on the Logistics Simulator and Production Game Simulator. Through an analysis of these two cases, relevant findings were uncovered. Firstly, simulation games can recreate concrete experiences, allowing students to engage with challenging problems in a practical manner. In addition, simulation games offer a platform for experimentation with diverse scenarios, enabling students to hone their decision-making skills in a safe environment. Furthermore, the degree of motivation and engagement exhibited by students was found to be positively correlated with their experience gained through simulators. However, while the results obtained from the simulator were associated with student motivation and engagement, the study did not yield conclusive evidence in terms of student learning outcomes. The findings underscore the significance of employing strategies that enhance student motivation and support deep learning, thereby enabling students to apply and transfer knowledge to new situations. Notably, simulation games have great potential in logistics education as they facilitate faster and more enjoyable comprehension of key decision-making factors. Nevertheless, limitations of this study include the small sample size in both cases, which restricts generalizability, and the lack of consideration for sociodemographic factors in the baseline survey. Future research should address these limitations for more reliable findings on the specific needs of students in game-based and experiential learning contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-21
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Serious Games
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 4 Sept 2023

Bibliographical note

Copyright © 2023 Ernesto Pacheco-Velazquez, Maria Soledad Ramirez Montoya, David Salinas-Navarro. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License [].

Funding: The authors would like to thank the financial support from Tecnologico de Monterrey through the “Challenge-Based Research Funding Program 2022”. Project ID # I005 -IFE001 -C2-T3 –T. The authors would like to acknowledge the financial and the technical support of Writing Lab, TecLabs, Tecnologico de Monterrey in the production of this work.


  • Educational Innovation
  • Engineering Education
  • Experiential Learning
  • Higher Education
  • Serious Games


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