Physician touches tablet. Medical technology and futuristic concept.
Physician touches tablet. Medical technology and futuristic concept.

A serious game about the complexity of medical innovations

TLC voucher project
2024 until 2024
Project type


Developing effective medical innovations as a solution in healthcare is a complex challenge. In addition to the fact that the solution must do what it promises to do, factors such as investment, demand within the population, and competing initiatives also play a role in achieving success. Can a serious game give students insight into the complexity of developing innovations in an ever-changing context? 


Wietske and Marcia use their innovation voucher to develop a serious game focused on innovation in healthcare. Research shows that forms of play in education have a connecting effect, stimulate critical thinking and thus increase learning outcomes. Their game, called Innolution, is designed to challenge students to think critically about the influence of context and coincidences on the success of innovations. To do this, the game uses a case study about lung cancer. 

Desired solution

With this educational game, Wietske and Marcia hope to better prepare students for the complexity of innovation processes. By playing the game, students will become more critical and reflective about the steps that make up an innovation process. The students map out the added value of the innovation by answering critical questions. 

Plan of action

The game is developed in collaboration with an experienced developer in educational games. After development, there will be a test phase in which feedback is collected for adjustments to the game, including the visual aspects and explainer video. Subsequently, the game will be implemented in the minor 'Health Technology Assessment of surgical innovations' of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. After evaluation, the game can be definitively designed and applied in education. 


This project is funded by a TLC voucher from the Radboud Teaching and Learning Centre. This voucher programme aims to set up projects in the field of educational innovation, lecturer development and educational research.

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