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The 8th European Conference on Games Based Learning
Hosted by Research and Training Center for Culture and Computer Science (FKI)

University of Applied Sciences HTW Berlin

Berlin, Germany
9-10 October 2014


FKI at HTW Berlin

Thomas Connolly

Michael Heine

Carsten Busch





ECGBL Conference Director:

Professor Thomas Connolly, University of the West of Scotland, UK

Conference Chair:

Professor Dr. Michael Heine, University of Applied Sciences HTW Berlin, Germany

Programme Chair:

Professor Dr.-Ing. Carsten Busch, University of Applied Sciences HTW Berlin, Germany


Welcome to Berlin and to the University of Applied Sciences HTW Berlin, host of the 8th European Conference on Game-Based Learning (ECGBL 2014).


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. 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


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.


ECGBL is also pleased to incorporate the 5th International Conference on Serious Games Development & Applications (SGDA 2014). 





Conference Sponsors


Call for Games

Michael Heine

Conference Chair


Carsten Busch

Programme Chair.,






Your contacts for this conference are:


Academic enquiries: 

Professor Dan Remenyi

Submission enquiries: 

Julia Hawkins

Registration enquiries: 

Charl Walters

Other enquiries: 




Important dates


Abstract  submission deadline:

20 March 2014

Extended until 4 April 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

Now closed

Notification of paper acceptance (with any changes):

17 July 2014


Earlybird registration closes:

31 July 2014

Now closed

Final paper due (with any changes):

14 August 2014


Final author payment date:

4 September 2014




Call for Games 2nd International Educational/Serious Games



(click the icon above for details)

Call for Games


Registration news

Earlybird registrations are available until 31 July 2014. Please read the earlybird condition on the registration page.
Special reduced rates are available for students and supervisors attending together.
Special reduced rates are offered for group bookings. See the registration page for details.

This blogroll links to blogs on games based learning.

Publication opportunity

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)


Papers that have been presented at the conference will also be considered for revision and publication by the following journals:




Conference and Journal Accreditations




ECGBL conference proceedings are:

§           listed in the Thomson Reuters ISI Web of Science (WOS) Conference Proceedings Citation Index)

§           indexed by the Institution of Engineering and Technology in the UK.

§           listed in the EBSCO database

§           indexed by Google Books

§           indexed by Google Scholar

Conference publications are submitted for accreditation on publication. Please note that depending on the accreditation body, this process can take several months.





The Electronic Journal of e-Learning is:

§           rated level 1 in the Danish Government bibliometric lists

§           rated level 1 in the Norwegian register of scientific journals and publishers

§           listed in the Cabell Directory of Publishing Opportunities

§           listed in the Open Access Journals database

§           listed in the EBSCO database of electronic journals

§           indexed by the Institution of Engineering and Technology in the UK.

§           Listed in the ProQuest database

§           Included in Scopus



Conference Status

Abstract submission is now closed. The review panel has completed the selection process of abstract submitted before the deadline and the Abstracts Selected webpage list the abstracts selected for submission as full papers. To protect the integrity of the double-blind peer review process, abstract titles and author details are separated. Titles are listed in no particular order and author names are listed alphabetically by lead author surname.


The conference organisers have received multiple requests to extend the abstract submission deadline. The conference committee has kindly agreed to extend the abstract submission deadline until Friday 4th April 2014


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


The conference was launched at the close of ECGBL 2013. in Porto Portugal. The abstract submission deadline is the 20 March 2014 (Extended until 4 April 2014) Submissions must be made via the online form and full papers are required not later than 8 May 2014. You can find full details of topics and how to submit on the call for papers page. You may also find the submission guidelines page helpful. Applications are being accepted to the 2013 review committee. If you would like to be considered, please click the link in the right hand side bar and complete the application form.


Note to Authors: Due to the large number of papers expected for this conference, the committee prefers that an author presents only one paper. However, if multiple papers are accepted for publication and presentation, each paper requires a separate registration fee. Author registration (including payment) must be completed by 4 September 2014.

Proceedings for previous ECGBL conferences can be purchased from our bookshop by clicking on the Purchase Proceedings button.


This conference is supported by









Take a quick look at ECGBL 2013


Who was there?

We have received several requests to make available the author pictures that were posted up at the Conference Registration desk. We hope this (along with the participant list in your conference pack) will help facilitate your personal networking efforts.

Author photos

And the winners for best poster are:

The winner for Best Poster

The winner for Best PhD Paper


 siLang: Culturally Oriented Language Skill Development in line with Workplace Needs 

Rene Alimisi with Hariklia Tsalapata, Olivier Heidmann and Elias Houstis, University of Thessaly, Gree


Training Flexible and Adaptive Arithmetic Problem Solving Skills through Exploration with Numbers: The Development of NumberNavigation Game

Boglárka Brezovszky with Erno Lehtinen, Jake McMullen, Gabriela Rodriguez and Koen Veermans, University of Turku, Finland



Winner for Best Game

2nd Place

3rd Place

Highly commended

Mystery of Taiga River: Scientific Investigation Game 


Sasha Barab and Anna Arici, Arizona State University, USA


ChemNerd - a gamified learning process in chemistry.


Jakob Thomas Holm, Sterskov Efterskole, Denmark


Lipa Eggs and a new approach to Early Years Education Apps


Ian Hook and Roman Hodek, Lipa Learning, Czech Republic


The White Card Game playing your way to competency

O'Rourke Mark, Victoria University, Australia   




Ludwig: a physics adventure

Wernbacher Thomas and Alexander Pfeiffer, Danube University Krems, Austria, Jorg Hofstotter, Ovos media, Austria

Photo Gallery
Click on the image to see the Picasa gallery of pictures taken during the conference and conference dinner.



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