Games vs Game-based Learning vs Gamification – My Version

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In response to the other day’s post about the differences between these terms, I have produced my own table outlining the differences. You’ll notice mine is a little more complex. That’s because the differences are more complex than the original one implied.

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Note: This image is not to be posted anywhere or re-used without my written permission.

(You are free to disagree with me, just don’t present this table as yours).

NOTE: If You want an updated version of this table, see my post from February 3, 2018:

What’s the difference between serious games, educational games, and game-based learning?

Addendum 2021: A newer version of this chart has been peer-reviewed and published on academia.edu.

https://www.academia.edu/45044609/What_s_the_difference_between_gamification_serious_games_educational_games_and_game_based_learning
Citation: Becker, K. (2021). What’s the difference between gamifcation, serious games, educational games,and game-based learning? Academia Letters, Article 209. https://doi.org/10.20935/AL209

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Games vs Game-based Learning vs Gamification – My Version — 19 Comments

  1. Hi! Can I use your table for my sharing the difference between gamification and GBL? I will site you as reference. 😀 Thanks so much! 😀

  2. Hi, Katrin

    Can I use your table in my courses on digital literacy and game-based learning at the University of Iceland where I work as a researcher / lecturer?

    • Be my guest. Thanks for asking!
      The bottom of this post has a link to an updated version.
      Having a recent reference – the original is not 4 years old – can be useful in reports.

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  6. Hello Katrin,

    This table is such a helpful breakdown of the differences between these different concepts. I’d like to request your permission to use your table (citing you of course, and linking to your page) in an online course presentation/paper that I’m working on. Would that be okay?

    • Thank you!
      You have my permission!
      I’d love to see your paper when it’s done.

      There’s an updated version in a previous reply that separates Game-Based Learning and Game-Based Pedagogy. When I was working on my book I found it useful to look at teaching with games and learning with games as two sides of the same coin.

  7. Dear Katrin. Excellent description! May I use it with your permission? referring to you as the owner of this work. I can translate into Spanish with your permission and reference, too. Thank you very much.

  8. Hi Kathrin,

    i would like to use the table you created about the differentiation of games and gamification in my bachelor’s thesis.

    I will of course reference you as the owner of this work.

    I’d love to reuse your table but want to ask for your permission first.

    Best Regards,

    Robin

    • SURE!
      I’ve actually been working on an updated version – I’ve split GBL into game-based learning and game based pedagogy. Send me an email if you want a text version of it (rather than the image).

      Games vs Game-Based Learning (GBL) vs Gamification V2

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