Game Based Learning vs Gamification

Course summary

Porto, Portugal

6-day Course

Erasmus+ KA1

Digital games are becoming increasingly popular among young people, and the games market has an estimated growth of 16.38% by 2020. The popularity of digital games can still be illust rated by the growing number of companies, conferences and articles 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 to 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 about the need to integrate all students (with and without special educational needs) into regular education, as wel l as the impor tance 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. A concept related to Game-Based Learning is gamification. Gamification applies elements associated with video games (game mechanics and game dynamics) in non-game applications to engage the student in the learning process.

Girl developing a game for Erasmus platform

Upcoming Dates

Course Duration and Costs

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

For a 6-day course, Learning Together charges 580 euros per participant (A+B).

For our 6-day course, the course fee is 480 EUR per participant, for tuition and materials (6-day course x 80,00 EUR per day). This can be covered with the course fee that you receive with your KA1 grant: 80 EUR / day / person.


The course fee for our 2022 courses has been adjusted to meet the new KA1 grant budget (Erasmus+ Programme 2021-2027). Before, sending organisations received 70€/day/person for course fees. Now, the new KA1 grant provides 80€/day/person.

Payment of 100 EUR per participant (total amount).

This fee also includes our social program, which you can see below.


In the previous Erasmus+ programme, each educational organisation also received 350 EUR per participant for organisational support. Learning Together only charged 150 EUR for administration and organisation costs (local organisation and logistics, pedagogical support activities, learning validation, certification and Europass Mobility validation). With the new programme, the organisational support fees are now a standard 100 EUR per person – however, they can vary according project type (job-sadowing, long-term,…). 

  • Cultural Heritage day: Guided visit to the city of Porto;
  • Hop On & Hop Off Tour Bus;
  • Visit to” Ribeira” and 6 Bridges River Cruise;
  • Visit to the Port Wine Cellars & Wine Tasting Experience.

Check our gallery to see our last courses!

Course Objetives

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


Learning outcomes:

  • Know the difference between Game-based Learning and Gamification innovative pedagogical

  • 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;

  • Enhance English communication skills;

  • 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.

Still have Questions?

For more information, check our Pricing & FAQ

Ready for Porto?