What is

Game Based Learning

Game based learning is where game characteristics and principles are embedded within learning activities. Here, learning activities promote student engagement and motivation to learn. Components of game-based learning include points systems, badges, leaderboards, discussion boards, quizzes and classroom response systems. Points may come with academic rewards such as having an extra week to submit an assignment once reaching a certain point threshold. Badges can be given if students reach a certain success level while classroom response systems like Kahoot or Top Hat encourage participation through points.

Game based learning is also an active learning technique where games are used to enhance student learning. Here, the learning comes from playing the game and promotes critical thinking and problem solving skills. Game based learning can be accomplished with digital or non-digital games and may include simulations that can allow students to experience the learning firsthand.