Everything should be interconnected.
What you do will have an effect and that effect will have another cause in something else.
Games are designed with action verbs.
Good games align core mechanics and learning goals
When reviewing Serious Game titles, look for ones that involve game mechanics common in entertainment games, like decision making, problem solving and role playing.
Playtest each other's stories to avoid chocolate covered broccoli.
No Chocolate Covered Broccoli
Avoiding Chocolate-Covered Broccoli Games that blur the line between fun and education can all too frequently fall into the trap of becoming "edutainment," thinly disguised educational software or "chocolate-covered broccoli." A coating of sweet does not make the learning suddenly fun. There should be no excuse for poor design.
An engaging way to alleviate chocolate-covered broccoli concerns is to bring the class into the mix by asking students to playtest.