Designing GBL for Higher Education: Pitfalls & Recommendations




GBL, Higher Education, Engagement, Recommendations, Strategies


Game-Based Learning (GBL) has gained significant attention in recent years as an effective educational approach to enhance student engagement and learning outcomes in higher education. This conference paper aims to emphasise the significance of GBL in higher education and presents a comprehensive review of a case study involving the application of GBL in a linguistics course. The study explores the impact of games on student learning, motivation, and engagement with the course content.By integrating gaming principles and mechanics into the curriculum, students are encouraged to actively participate, explore concepts, and apply their knowledge in a dynamic and stimulating environment. The study examines data gathered from student surveys and structured interviews to evaluate the effectiveness of GBL in fostering student engagement and knowledge acquisition. Furthermore, this paper provides a valuable set of recommendations and strategies for educators and administrators interested in implementing GBL in higher education settings. It explores the potential benefits of GBL, including increased motivation, improved critical thinking skills, and enhanced problem-solving abilities. Additionally, it highlights the importance of aligning game design with specific learning objectives and ensuring the integration of assessment mechanisms to gauge student progress effectively. Moreover, this paper discusses potential pitfalls and challenges that may arise during the implementation of GBL in higher education. It addresses issues such as technology requirements, accessibility considerations, and the need for appropriate training and support for instructors. By acknowledging these challenges and offering potential solutions, this research aims to guide educators and administrators in overcoming obstacles and optimising the implementation of GBL in higher education courses.