Interests: Game Science, Playful learning, Game-based learning, Serious games, Gamification, Experience design
Sylvester is a Professor in Game Science, leading research at Coventry University’s Disruptive Media Learning Lab (DMLL). Game Science refers to playful and gameful methodologies for user engagement, experience design and behavioural change, which include investigations of the impact of applied gaming, serious gaming, game-based intervention, gamification and playful techniques in various domains, underpinned by pedagogical, motivational and psychological theories and practices.
He is a champion of gameful, playful and persuasive design that transforms ordinary tasks into extraordinary experiences. He research, write and evangelise about such transformations. Sylvester’s research interests thus include the application and impact of games science (gameful and playful design, serious games, gamification, serious play, game (design) thinking) and other interactive, wearable, persuasive and pervasive techniques and technologies in various application domains including teaching and learning, and health.
He currently has more than 80 publications within the area of virtual worlds, simulation, serious games and gamification including an edited book: Serious Games for Healthcare- Applications and Implications. Sylvester is also currently working on a book that is exploring the potential and impact of Game Science in a hybrid learning space (to be published with Routledge).
Sylvester is a public speaker where he has keynoted at various events in the UK, Europe and internationally and has consistently been ranked in the top 10 of the Gamification Gurus Power 100 (Rise.Global). He is also a trained facilitator for LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methodology.
He was previously a Reader and Senior Research Fellow at the DMLL and a Senior Researcher at the Serious Games Institute, UK. Before joining Coventry University, he was a Research Fellow at the International Digital Lab, University of Warwick, and a lecturer at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Malaysia.
Sylvester is of Borneon origin, love beautiful things and game for new adventures!