Call: 8th European Conference on Games Based Learning (ECGBL 2014)

Call for Papers
8th European Conference on Games Based Learning (ECGBL 2014)

We (the University of Applied Sciences HTW Berlin, Germany) hope to be able to welcome you to the 8th European Conference on Games Based Learning (ECGBL 2014) – October the 9th-10th 2014. The conference will be held at the Research and Training Center for Culture & Computing ( on the HTW campus.

Good games provide great experiences. They motivate players to play them for mastery, exploration, social bonding, narrative pleasure, imagination, competition or walking the edge of losing control. Games are played in short bursts or long sessions. In the spare time, while commuting, in breaks and at work. Good games may even alter your views and perceptions.

So what keeps us from using (more) games for education and training. Its not a new thought – Take research on the indian chess ancestor or on game-based learning in the enlightenment. – but today still an enticing one. Theoretical and practical work in the area of Edutainment, Serious Games & Play as well as Game-Based Learning have advanced the field with both best as well as worst practices. Applied learning theories differ – behaviorism and skill&drill, cognitivism, constructivism, constructionism – all having their merits and pitfalls. New technologies, concepts and usage patterns arise (e.g. cheap motion-tracking, Gamification, mobile gaming) while other hypes subside (see social/Facebook games). All of this and more makes Game-Based Learning such an intriguing field, but also one that needs input from all areas of art, science, business and education/training.

Following on from the successful Educational/Serious Games Competition at ECGBL 2013 we are also pleased to be hosting the 2nd International Educational/Serious Games Competition at the conference in Berlin. Click here to read a write up about the 2013 competition.

We want YOU for ECGBL14. Attend. Share. Gain.

ECGBL 2014 will be your opportunity for the presentation of research, theory, application, practice and validation in the field of Game-Based Learning. In addition, you will be able to enjoy the city of Berlin (and Potsdam if you like). 

Papers accepted for the conference will be published in the conference proceedings, subject to author registration and payment. Papers that have been presented at the conference will also be considered for publication in a special issue of the Electronic Journal of e-Learning (ISSN 1479-4403) and to the International Journal of Game-Based Learning. (DOI: 10.4018/IJGBL, ISSN: 2155-6849, EISSN: 2155-6857).

In addition to the main conference topics, the advisory group invites submissions to the following mini tracks:

Game-based Learning in Business
Design of Learning Games
Game Based Learning in Science Education
Games Based Learning in Healthcare and Rehabilitation
Educational Card Game Based Learning

Conference Website:
Call for Papers:
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Important dates:

Abstract submission deadline:  20 March 2014
Notification of abstract acceptance:  27 March 2014
Full paper due for review (see note):  8 May 2014
Call for Games Closes on:  16 June 2014
Notification of paper acceptance (with any changes):  17 July 2014
Earlybird registration closes:  31 July 2014
Final paper due (with any changes):  14 August 2014
Final author payment date:  4 September 2014

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