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To play is to learn (or is it?)

January 18, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm CET

Cover for Antonios Triantafyllakis' session for Online Training Festival titled "To play is to learn (or is it?)"

Gamification has been a buzzword for about a decade now in both business and education, often used to describe anything playful, without necessarily providing an understanding of the term, or utilising it to its full potential. What does it really mean though and how can it be used in practice in learning? Is there a difference between gamification and games-based learning? What frameworks and tools can help design and implement engaging coursess using it? But most importantly, why should you use it? All that and more, in a session that walks the talk and guarantees fun while leveling up your skills as a trainer!

By the end of the session participants will:

  • Understand the basics of gamification in relation to learning and especially experiential learning;
  • Differentiate between gamification and games-based learning and choose the appropriate method for their learning goals;
  • Find at least one way to apply gamification in their learning design.

The session is limited to 12 participants only!


Trainer: Antonios Triantafyllakis

Over a decade of involvement in international youth work has helped me discover and test out different skills in practice, until I found out my passion for learning design. Hundreds of hours of experience later, delivering various workshops on different topics, I started settling down to train-the-trainer oriented topics. While on that journey, my other interests, experiences and skills I’ve gathered along the way started taking their place on the puzzle that is my life and how it intertwines with my professional practice. In the past few years, I’ve been focusing more on how the combination of experiential learning and gamification can turn any course or workshop into a fun yet effective experience. I’m now practicing that both in train-the-trainer courses of international NGOs, as well as in consulting edtech startups and coaching freelance trainers. During the pandemic I’ve also took the turn to online training and have been developing my own techniques to take advantage of my expertise in that direction.

Prior knowledge required

No prior knowledge required

Length: 2,5h

Track: Learning Design

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This session is part of the Online Training Festival, a week-long training event, where experienced, professional educators share their skills and knowledge at extremely low fares. It is a unique opportunity to learn from specialists from all over the world in the fields of your interest to grow your character and your career! Learn more about it through this link!


January 18, 2021
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm CET
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