Digital games are becoming increasingly popular among young people, and the games market has an estimated growth of 19.38% by 2025. 

Game Based Learning vs Gamification

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Porto, Portugal

6 days

Erasmus+ KA1


Digital games are becoming increasingly popular among young people, and the games market has grown. The popularity of digital games can still be illustrated by the growing number of companies, conferences and publications devoted to the theme. At the same time, the continuous evolution of information and communication technologies (ICT) is leading to increased sophistication and potential of these games and their development for mobile devices.

Educational games for mobile devices are also becoming popular and their sales have surpassed non-mobile games. Mobile devices “seem to give their users a very strong sense of control and ownership which has been highlighted in research on motivation as a key motivational factor”. The idea of control has often been discussed in the context of the use of technology in learning. Ideally, students should perceive themselves as being in control of their learning process. Thus, the importance of freedom to define the tasks in which the students want to be involved is supported by the emphasis on control and motivation for learning.

There is also an increasing recognition of the need to integrate all students (with and without special educational needs) into regular education, as well as the importance of doing it properly. There’s a need for the development of learning approaches based on the media used by learners, which very definitely include games. The use of digital games as learning tools is known as Game-Based Learning. Gamification applies elements associated with video games (game mechanics and game dynamics) in non-game applications to engage the student in the learning process.

This course’s objectives focus on promoting the use of games in an educational context, as well as gamification strategies to engage students in the learning process. Through gamification processes, this course helps trainees to apply these ideas and how to use and produce learning activities with games.

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Pricing Details

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The costs can be supported with a KA grant under the Erasmus+ programme.

Course fee: 480 euros per participant (6-day course).


  • Learning Together’s Welcome Kit;
  • A Daily Program designed by our trainers;
  • Welcome Dinner to meet your new colleagues;
  • Daily Coffee Break;
  • Logistic, organizational and administrative support from headquarters;
  • Daily assistance and on-call support throughout the whole week.
  • Daily assistance and suggestions (restaurants, sightseeing, hospitals…) – we also have a section on our website dedicated to Discovering Porto (eating, sleeping, sightseeing suggestions) that we always recommend our participants to check out.
  • Target Audience
    This course is designed for a wide range of educational professionals including teachers, trainers, educational and career counsellors, school psychologists, headmasters, school administrators, and staff across primary, lower-secondary, and secondary schools. It also caters to professionals in training centers, adult education schools, higher education institutions, and NGOs.
  • Additional Info
    Please note that the course may have participants from various school levels and English proficiency.
    Course Language: English
    Equipment required: Laptop

Course Objetives

Learning outcomes:

  • Know the difference between Game-based Learning and Gamification innovative pedagogical scenarios;
  • Know and apply Gamification processes in Educational contexts;
  • Know and apply Game-based Learning activities in Educational contexts;
  • Design a Gamification process using the seven characteristics of the innovative scenario;
  • Design Game-Based Learning activities;
  • Produce Games for Education;
  • Improve ICT skills;
  • Create/continue to implement an action plan to make schools and communities more sustainable;
  • Teamwork and collaboration;
  • Apply and/or adapt different concepts, ideas, and teaching methodologies to the ones practised in participants’ home country;
  • Facilitate experience and cultural exchanges between European participants and Portuguese teaching personnel, which results in a fruitful international experience;
  • Enhance communicative competencies in English and social skills;
  • Promote intercultural awareness;
  • Learn more about Portugal’s and Porto’s culture, heritage and society;
  • Identify & share good practices that can be implemented at a local level.

Daily Program*

  • Welcome dinner,icebreaking
  • Meet & greet, networking – participants and staff
  • Week briefing & planning
  • Introduction – game-based learning vs gamification: a playful approach to learning
  • Games presentation
  • Why Games in School? Lucidity vs Serious learning?
  • What is Game Based-Learning and Gamification? (Differences between them) 
  • The Gamification Process – Narrative as a motivational element; 
  1. Rules: implicit or explicit; 
  2. Tasks: the student must accomplish a set of tasks to level up (game logics); 
  3. Levels: the student is motivated to improve performance through increasing difficulty levels; 
  4. Competition: create a healthy competitive spirit among students; 
  5. Collaboration: collaboration strategies between students;
  6. Motivation: extrinsic (tasks, goals, levels) and intrinsic (own interest or pleasure in the activity) 
  • Practical: Design & produce a Gamification
    Process (Apps in education) 
  • Games to develop competencies & achieve learning objectives 
  • Game-based scenarios to develop collaborative skills, problem-solving, communication, critical thinking & digital literacy 
  • Practical: Design & produce a Game-Based Learning activity 
  • Practical: Plan activities using Game-based Learning and Gamification processes: Multiple Choice; Scales; Word Cloud; Open-ended; Augmented Reality; Ranking 
  • Game-based Learning & Gamification as monitoring and evaluation processes in education 
  • Work presentations 
  • Learning outcomes’ validation
  • Certification Ceremony 
*This schedule/ program describes likely activities but may differ based on the trainer's discretion and objectives.

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