6th European Conference on Games Based Learning (ECGBL 2012)

Venue: The River Lee Hotel, Cork, Ireland

Location: Cork, United Kingdom

Event Date/Time: Oct 04, 2012 End Date/Time: Oct 05, 2012
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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 contributions on a wide range of topics using a range of scholarly approaches including theoretical and empirical papers employing qualitative, quantitative and critical methods. Action research, case studies and work-in-progress/posters are welcomed approaches. PhD Research, proposals for roundtable discussions, non-academic contributions and product demonstrations based on the main themes are also invited. You can find full details in the submission types document (.pdf format).

Publication opportunity

Papers accepted for the conference will be published in the conference proceedings, subject to author registration and payment. Selected papers will also be considered for publication in a special issue of the Electronic Journal of e-Learning and to the International Journal of Game-Based Learning. The latest issue of the Electronic Journal of e-Learning is available to read online. You can see details of the proceedings and journal accreditations by clicking on the star to the right.

Participants will be asked to vote for the best poster and a prize will be given for the poster receiving the highest number of votes. Additionally, a prize is awarded to the best PhD paper presented at the conference.

Conference topics
In addition to the main conference topics below, the advisory group invite suggestions for mini tracks. If you would be interested in preparing and chairing a mini track, please contact the Conference Director, Sue Nugus


Additional Information

Submission details Abstract details: All submission types require an abstract in the first instance. Abstracts should be a minimum of 300 and no more than 500 words including up to five keywords and keyphrases to be received by 16 March 2012. Please read the online guidelines. Submission: Submissions must be made via the online 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 and select the appropriate submission track. Full paper: Only required for academic submissions to main conference streams once 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 4 May 2012. Papers should be submitted as .doc or .rtf file attachments by email to the conference manager, Julia Hawkins with the paper submission checklist and the copyright form. Purchase previous conference proceedings. Proceedings from previous ECGBL conference can be purchased from our bookshop by clicking on the link. Read the author guidelines Download the main call for papers in .pdf format 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 acceptance. 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 registration must be completed by 31 August 2012. Important dates Abstract submission deadline: 16 March 2012 Notification of abstract acceptance: 23 March 2012 Full paper due for review: 4 May 2012 Notification of paper acceptance (with any changes): 13July 2012 Earlybird registration closes: 27 July 2012 Final paper due (with any changes): 10 August 2012 Final author payment date: 31 August 2012