Game-based learning vs gamification

Game-based learning is frequently confused with another popular method often used in class – gamification. Though they are similar, there is a significant distinction. In GBL, the ‘learning process comes as a result of playing the game’[1] ; gamification, instead, is about applying some game elements to traditional (non-gaming) activities in order to increase engagement and motivation. Badges, points, leaderboards, etc. can be used as extrinsic motivation to reward or document the activity. The features of gamification are typically a part of GBL, but not vice versa.


  1. Europass Teacher Academy, Game-Based Learning: What Is It? GBL vs Gamification: Types and Benefits. https://www.teacheracademy.eu/blog/game-based-learning/