Designing Game-Based Learning

Track : Online Learners
Delivery Mode : Asynchronous Workshop
Levels : Intermediate,Advanced
Eligible for Online Teaching Certificate elective : Yes


Game-based learning and gamification are two very different–if very effective– instructional phenomena. In this workshop, the companion to Designing Gamified Learning Environments workshop, you will implement the theories, principles, and specifically the mechanics of gamification to create your own games on a topic of your choice. By building an educational or serious game, you can leverage the power behind our innate desire to play.

Among the topics covered in this workshop are why games help us learn so efficiently, “good” game principles for learning, basics of game design and development, and choosing the right platform for your content.


Learning Objectives:

  • Implement sound game design principles for learning in the development of your game-based project

  • Determine the most appropriate development platform for your needs

  • Build a basic game demo


Prerequisites: None


This is an asynchronous, week-long workshop which will begin on a Monday and end on the following Sunday. The workshop will require approximately 6-8 hours of work, including reading research-based articles, viewing presentations, engaging in online discussion forums, and submitting assignments. Total length of time to completion: 7 days.



Who should attend?

    • Instructors wishing to expand their instructional methods

    • Instructional designers

    • Anyone interested in game design and development


What are the key takeaways from this workshop?

  •  The skill to apply your understanding of game design and mechanics to learning

  • Resources and materials to continue your game development journey

  • Examples of game-based learning assets

  • A game!


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Refund Policy
If you register and pay for a OLC workshop and are unable to enroll (due to personal schedule conflicts, illness, etc), we will be happy to apply your payment to another OLC workshop in the same calendar year upon your written request to No refunds will be given.