Gamification vs Game-Based Learning [Infographic] – The Wired Homeschool

Gamification and game-based learning are often considered to be the same thing in education, but are they?

Gameification vs Game-Based Learning


  • The use of game design elements in non-game contexts.
  • Listening to what games can teach us about motivation.
  • Study what makes things fun to learn.
  • Looking for a new way to approach challenges.
  • Might include but is not limited to points, badges, and leader boards (PBL).
  • Feedback is of paramount importance.

Game-based Learning

  • The use of games in educational contexts.
  • The objectives to achieve in the game motivate students.
  • Assumes that playing games is fun.
  • Challenges are part of the game; students work to solve them.
  • Scoring and assessment are integral to gaming.
  • Feedback is of paramount importance.

How do you “gamify” your homeschooling?


By John Wilkerson

John Wilkerson combines over 20 years of professional experience in the computer industry with 17 years of homeschooling 7 children to give parents easy to understand advice on the application of technology in their homes.