Digital Game-based Learning and Serious Games in Education


  • Theofylaktos Anastasiadis
  • Georgios Lampropoulos
  • Kerstin Siakas



Education, Game-based learning, Serious games, Educational games, Interactive learning environments, Collaborative learning.


Nowadays, students are significantly influenced by the digital era and are constantly handling digital information. As a result, they form their personalities in the light of flexible communities, pursue to be directly connected, require prompt responses and social interaction and prefer learning based on experiences. Undoubtedly, modern students are not fully keen on and attracted by conventional education methods and thus they are seeking for more interesting, fun, motivating and engaging learning experiences. The increasing popularity of digital games has led to their being broadly utilized and applied. In education, digital games are mostly applied in the form of serious games which focus more on primary purposes. Serious games offer motivating and engaging experiences, interactive learning environments and collaborative learning activities. Hence, they are considered as a proper educational tool which enhances learning procedures and satisfies and fulfills students’ needs and requirements. The pedagogical approach of utilizing digital educational games is called digital game-based learning and can be described as the “coming together” of interactive entertainment and serious learning through digital games. Game-based learning is the act of designing interactive learning activities that can gradually convey concepts and guide students towards an end goal. Furthermore, it promotes a student-centered learning environment in which students’ wellbeing and soft skills are cultivated in a dynamic, enjoyable and playful way. This study briefly describes students’ new needs and requirements for more interactive and engaging learning experiences and analyzes the concept and the impact of serious games in education. Additionally, it points out the characteristics and features of serious games and the significance of motivation in students’ learning procedure. It analyzes the digital game-based learning approach and presents some of its benefits. Finally, it summarizes the main properties and potentials of digital game-based learning and serious games in education.


How to Cite

Theofylaktos Anastasiadis, Georgios Lampropoulos, & Kerstin Siakas. (2018). Digital Game-based Learning and Serious Games in Education. International Journal of Advances in Scientific Research and Engineering (IJASRE), ISSN:2454-8006, DOI: 10.31695/IJASRE, 4(12), 139–144.