3rd European Conference on Games Based Learning (ECGBL 2009)

Venue: FH JOANNEUM University of Applied Sciences, Graz, Austria

Location: Graz, Austria

Event Date/Time: Oct 12, 2009 End Date/Time: Oct 13, 2009
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Call for Papers, Workshops and Tutorials

Over the last ten years, the way in which education and training is delivered has changed considerably with the advent of new technologies. One such new technology that holds considerable promise for helping to engage learners is Games-Based Learning (GBL). The Conference offers an opportunity for scholars and practitioners interested in the issues related to GBL to share their thinking and research findings. Papers can cover various issues and aspects of GBL in education and training: technology and implementation issues associated with the development of GBL; use of mobile and MMOGs for learning; pedagogical issues associated with GBL; social and ethical issues in GBL; GBL best cases and practices, and other related aspects. We are particularly interested in empirical research that addresses whether GBL enhances learning. This Conference provides a forum for discussion, collaboration and intellectual exchange for all those interested in any of these fields of research or practice.

The conference committee welcomes both academic and practitioner papers on a wide range of topics and a wide range of scholarly approaches including theoretical and empirical papers employing qualitative, quantitative and critical methods. Action research, case studies and research in practice are welcomed approaches. Work-in-progress, panel discussion, proposals for workshops and tutorials are also welcome. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:- Technology: Innovative games-based learning technologies, applications, tools and environments; Use of mobile games for learning; Technology for massively multiplayer online games (MMOGs) for learning; Implementation issues associated with games-based learning; location-based technology for game-based learning. Pedagogy: Learning and instructional theory for games-based learning; “Serious” games; Role playing; Assessment in games-based learning; Evaluation of games-based learning; Use of narrative and storytelling; Use of audio; Case studies and best practices in the use of games-based learning; Future of games-based learning. Social and Ethical Issues: Social and collaborative aspects of games-based learning; Political education using games; Gender, age, cultural and violence issues; Ethical issues; Organisational issues associated with the implementation of GBL in education and training.

Publication opportunity
Papers accepted for the conference will be published in the conference proceedings, subject to author registration. The proceedings have an ISBN and ECGBL proceedings are listed in the Thomson ISI Index to Scientific and Technical Proceedings (ISTP/ISI Proceedings), the Thomson ISI Index to Social Sciences & Humanities Proceedings (ISSHP) and the Thomson ISI Index to Social Sciences & Humanities Proceedings (ISSHP/ISI Proceedings).

Papers presented at the conference will be considered for publication in a special issue of the Electronic Journal of e-Learning.

Conference proceedings.
Proceedings for previous ECGBL conferences can be purchased from our bookshop by clicking on the link above.

Submission details

Abstract details: The Abstract should be a minimum of 300 and no more than 500 words including up to five keywords and keyphrases to be received by 23 March 2009. Please read the abstract guidelines before submitting

Submission: Via the online submission form. Please ensure that all required fields are completed. Abstracts must include the proposed title for the paper, the full names first name and surname, not initials); postal addresses and email addresses of all authors and a telephone number for at least one contact author. Please indicate clearly if the contact author is not the lead author.

Full paper: Only required when the abstract has been selected and not to be more than 5,000 words including abstract, keywords and references (the Harvard referencing rules need to be followed). Submission date will be no later than 11 May 2009. Papers should be submitted as .doc or .rtf file attachments by email to the conference manager, Elaine Hayne.

Important information

The selection panel of the conference committee will consider all abstracts received by the submission deadline to ensure that the proposed paper is relevant to the Conference.
The authors of abstracts that describe a relevant paper will receive a notification of abstract selection.
All full papers will be double-blind reviewed by members of the conference committee to ensure an adequate standard, that the proposed subject of their abstract has been followed, that the paper is of a suitable length, the standard of English is adequate and the paper is appropriately referenced.
For authors whose first language is not English we request that you have your work proof read prior to submission by a native English speaker (or at least a fluent English speaker). Papers can be rejected due to a poor standard of English.
Papers that are accepted will be published in the conference proceedings providing at least one author registers and presents the work at the Conference (see the registration section of the conference website for more information about registration).
Due to the large number of papers expected for this conference, the committee only allows an author to present one paper. Therefore if multiple papers are accepted for presentation different co-authors need to present each paper. Author registrations must be completed by 7 September 2009.

Important dates

Abstract submission deadline:
23 March 2009

Notification of abstract acceptance:
30 March 2009

Full paper due for review:
11 May 2009

Notification of paper acceptance:
20 July 2009

Earlybird registration closes:
3 August 2009

Final paper due (with any changes):
17 August 2009

Final author registration date:
7 September 2009


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