Game-Based Learning


Due to technological innovations and the increasing popularity of digital games, “game-based learning” strategies or efforts to “gamify” in education are increasing as ways to scaffold concepts, simulate real world experiences, and provide a space for leaders to emerge as effective tool for training and student motivation in higher education (Johnson, et al., 2013).

Practical Applications

The term “game-based learning” is used to include competitive exercises, a fantasy element that engages players through a story line, and offers immediate rewards or feedback (Teed, 2014a). Game-based learning can include video games, but also board and card games. To integrate game-based learning into your course, consider the following steps:

  1. Define student learning objectives
  2. Decide what sort of game and storyline to use
  3. Break down student learning objectives into challenges, measurements or tasks​
  4. Design rewards
  5. Build the game
  6. Test the game
  7. Run the game (Teed, 2014b)

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