The Home for Games-Based Learning
Inside the Games-Based Learning Alliance, educators, academics, designers, researchers, creators, and professionals like you come together to meet and support one another, get answers to burning questions, learn from other experts, participate in growth challenges and more.

Games for Teaching, Training, Learning, and Development

You may have played games all of your life. You may already be a teacher, educator, instructor, trainer, or professor. But you may never have combined these two areas before. Introducing: Games-Based Learning which is the use and application for games for learning. Those include video games, table top games, card games, board games, role-playing games, simulations, and serious games. The difficult part about games-based learning is HOW this can be used in your own practice.

What is the Games-Based Learning Alliance?

Introducing the Games-Based Learning Alliance

The Games-Based Learning Alliance (GBLA) is your home for learning how to apply games for teaching and learning. The alliance connects academics, educators, designers, researchers, creators and professionals in a space to discuss and share best practices using games, gamification, and games-based learning for teaching, learning, training, education, and development.

At the Games-Based Learning Alliance, we’re proud to serve a worldwide community of likeminded educators using games for teaching and learning.

The Games-Based Learning Alliance is our private community for like-minded educators motivated by purpose, committed to self-improvement, discovery, and the desire to do and share the work of using games for teaching and learning.

We realize that every educator’s journey will be unique, but we all benefit from common experiences within the alliance:

  • Enriched education and professional development
  • Thought providing discussion and knowledge sharing
  • Professional networking with curated individuals
  • Interactive collaborations and discussions
  • Access to vetted advice and powerful insight

Community Ideals and Benefits

  • A safe place to ask question, engage in inquiry, experiment with ideas, play test games, commit to challenges, and learn and grow without fear of judgment or rejection.
  • Relationship building opportunities with like-minded academics, educators, designers, researchers, creators and professionals that lead to prosperous partnerships, established friendships, and collaborations.
  • Full access to a growing library of shared videos, podcasts, articles, journals, webinars, and courses covering a multitude of different areas in games-based learning
  • A community that welcomes members from diverse backgrounds including race, ethnicity, gender, orientation, neurodiversity, and ability.
  • A focused environment to accelerate learning and networking
  • The games-based learning alliance is where serious academics, educators, designers, researchers, creators and professionals share their knowledge and resources to create a wholesome and forthcoming community.

Inside the Games-Based Learning Alliance

  • The alliance enjoys sharing our experiences and best practices. That leads to a unique and engaging community that includes…
  • Learning channels for discussions around specific topics such as simulations, serious games, gamificaiton, and games-based learning
  • Discovery channels for member networking, collaborations, and more
  • Private channels for focused discussions among member cohorts
  • Private 1:1 messaging between community members
Serious and Motivated Members Wanted

Curious. Driven. Intellectual. Creative. Willing to connect, share, and learn from one another. If that sounds like you, and you’ve been looking for a community of other liked-minded individuals then you’ve come to the right place at the Games-Based Learning Alliance.

Is the Games-Based Learning Alliance a good match for you? It's a match if you…
  • Believe in humility, empathy, creativity, and curiosity and are accepting of others regardless of their appearance, ideas, and backgrounds
  • Accept the responsibility to give as much as you receive because you know that the community is only as good as those that contribute to it
  • Are ready to participate in giving and receiving of feedback that may at times challenge your thinking
  • Have already contributed something to the games-based learning community dialogue through games, projects, publications, articles, blogs, podcasts, videos or more

“The Games-Based Learning Alliance has provided a steady and joyous community experience throughout the pandemic. I've gotten to know other games-based educators, had a chance to chat through challenges and opportunities, and launched new endeavors with fellow members. It continues to be a delightful part of my month.” - Jessica Creane, IKantKoan Games & Immersive

“Especially during the difficult, and disconnected, times of lockdown, the Games-Based Learning Alliance has been a very welcome support for my work. I have been able to take inspiration from others who immediately get what I am talking about when I ask a question - because they know the field so well. I hope I have been able to offer the same service to others within the group. Our strength lies in the fact we are working towards similar goals - the promotion of GBL in educational and organizational learning settings, but also that we have many different experiences and perspectives, so that the learning is constant. I come away from each meeting, and now our Mastermind group, with fresh inspiration for my work and the knowledge that I can call on this network for help with design, promotion, making new connections, or even just a (very) knowledgeable listening ear.” - Sarah Le-Fevre, Ludogogy Magazine / Games for Good

“I've been inspired by listening to and learning about the projects and ideas of the members of The Games-Based Learning Alliance. By joining the Alliance, I've become an integral part of an inventive, thoughtful, pragmatic, knowledgeable, and welcoming community of people working on the same kinds of problems I am. They're always helpful and supportive, and they've been a great help to my own gamification work.” - Jim Egan, Brown University

“The Games-Based Learning Alliance is an excellent resource for educators and professionals looking for ways to integrate games for learning strategies. I have been able to connect with many like-minded professionals. It has been great to leverage some of the resources shared in the community and to bounce ideas off of fellow members. Highly recommend!” - Dustin Staats, Board Gaming with Education

“The Game-Based Learning Alliance (GBLA) is exactly that... an alliance! I find myself connected to thoughtful, creative, like-minded folks. We exchange encouragement and support on monthly calls and through our shared online community forum. I'm so grateful to be in this collaborative community with thought leaders in games and learning, getting insights from their perspectives from around the globe! #winning!” - Adam Lupu, Limitless Harmony

“The Games-Based Learning Alliance is an eclectic group of people with a wide range of backgrounds and experience of developing and using 'serious' games. It is good to talk with with people who have a different approach to games. Dave Eng is an excellent group facilitator and he knows a lot about game-based learning.” - Andy Yeoman, Focus Games Ltd

“The GBLA is a great way to network, learn, and share with other game-based learning professionals. To hear what other professionals are working on, and brainstorm solutions to my own projects is beneficial for all. Since GBL is so unique it can be a struggle to brainstorm with those outside of the practice. Having a place with like minded professionals with a similar language and understanding is critical to growth. And they are all great people, so that's a bonus!” - Micah Sawyer, Root Inc.

“The Games-Based Learning Alliance was a natural outcome of a small group of people who wanted to connect around making games for learning. We were looking for ways to share our projects, get insight and support, learn from each other and expand our knowledge. It's useful and encouraging to meet with diverse people who share a common passion for learning and games, and are willing to listen, share and challenge.” - Sue Baechler, Originaliti Media Inc

“This past year, I struggled much like many other educators. I found myself at sea, seemingly alone in my instruction and curriculum amidst the chaos of the pandemic. However, I joined the Games-Based Learning Alliance at just the right time to revitalize my love for using games in the classroom and to generate ideas and solutions with likeminded individuals. Not only have I found a collaborative group with which I can learn from, I have found a community who shares my love for using games to reach others. The Games-Based Learning Alliance has been a true support group through hard times, and I honestly think it grounded me in a way that I did not expect. I've never joined a professional group with so many diverse and talented folks, and they inspire me to be the best instructor I can be. I'm grateful for their encouragement and leave our meetings invigorated and excited to take on the challenges that lie ahead.” - Kimberly Tolson, Tabletop Tolson at YouTube

“I've been informally learning about games-based learning in a self-led way for a few years, and implementing it in my learning design practice. What I've found most valuable in recent years is connecting with other games-based learning professionals to share ideas and learn from each other. The Games-Based Learning Alliance has been a great way to do this, and I've gotten some great help and advice, as well as always having a sounding-board. The Mastermind sessions a sub-group of us have been doing within the Games-Based Learning Alliance have really helped me to push myself to do more of what I really want to do in this field, and get great feedback on progress. Everyone in the group has been super-helpful, and I'm always learning whenever I participate, as well as giving back to the group with my ideas and experience.” - Terry Pearce, Untold Play

“GBLA is a resource unlike no other because it is a collaborative collective of educators and professionals working actively to design, develop, and improve pedagogical advances as it relates to games in education. From k-12 to collegiate to corporate settings, all aspects of games and gamification are discussed and real, actionable feedback is shared for the collective benefit. GBLA is an excellent place to grow your professional learning network and my go-to for advice to figure out my pathway forward.” - Kathleen Mercury, Teacher, Podcaster (Games in Schools and Libraries, On Board Games)

Courses Included with Purchase



Gamification Explained!
What exactly is gamification?
Dave Eng
FREE
Gamification for Online Learning
Dave Eng
$97
Creating the Player Experience
Dave Eng
$97
Table Top Games for Online Learning
Dave Eng
$97
Games for Learning
Dave Eng
$97
Climate Change and Games Panel
Dave Eng
FREE
Representation in Games
PAX Online 2020 Panel
Dave Eng
FREE
The Dark Side of Gamification
Presented at Gamicon 2021
Dave Eng
FREE
The Player Experience
The Player Experience
Dave Eng
$97
Game-Based Learning vs Gamification
Game-Based Learning vs Gamification
Dave Eng
$97
Roguelike Learning
Roguelike Learning
Dave Eng
$97
Play is Work
Play is Work
Dave Eng
$97
Narratives, Toys, Puzzles, Games
Narratives, Toys, Puzzles, Games
Dave Eng
$97
Meaningful Choices
Meaningful Choices
Dave Eng
$97
Fun Factors
Fun Factors
Dave Eng
$97
Fired Up Fiero
Fired Up Fiero
Dave Eng
$97
Gamer Grind
Gamer Grind
Dave Eng
$97
Student Player Type
Student Player Type
Dave Eng
$97
Real Fake Rules of Games
Real Fake Rules of Games
Dave Eng
$97
Simulations vs Games
Simulations vs Games
Dave Eng
$97
Feedback Loops
Feedback Loops
Dave Eng
$97
Fearful Fun
Fearful Fun
Dave Eng
$97
Formal Game Structures
Formal Game Structures
Dave Eng
$97
Games for Learning
Games for Learning
Dave Eng
$97
Moral Choices
Moral Choices
Dave Eng
$97
Serious Games
Serious Games
Dave Eng
$97
Structure Gamified Learning
Structure Gamified Learning
Dave Eng
$97
Student Gamer Centric
Student Gamer Centric
Dave Eng
$97
Why Use Games-Based Learning?
Why Use Games-Based Learning?
Dave Eng
$97
The Nature of Games
The Nature of Games
Dave Eng
$97
Luck vs. Skill
Luck vs. Skill
Dave Eng
$97
Gamification in Higher Ed
Gamification in Higher Ed
Dave Eng
$97
Games-Based Learning
Games-Based Learning
Dave Eng
$97
Student Player Type
Student Player Type
Dave Eng
$97
Achieve More
Achieve More
Dave Eng
$97
Game On
Game On
Dave Eng
$97
Games-Based Learning Here we Come!
Games-Based Learning Here we Come!
Dave Eng
$97
Conversation Points
Conversation Points
Dave Eng
$97
Systems Thinking
Systems Thinking
Dave Eng
$97
Hard Fun
Hard Fun
Dave Eng
Hanabi for Learning
Hanabi for Learning
Dave Eng
$97
"Red Cubes in Taipei" Pandemic & Games-Based Learning
"Red Cubes in Taipei" Pandemic & Games-Based Learning
Dave Eng
$97
The User Experience
The User Experience
Dave Eng
$97
Games-Based Experiential Education
Games-Based Experiential Education
Dave Eng
$97
Gaming with Motivation
Gaming with Motivation
Dave Eng
$97
Weaknesses of Games Based Learning
Weaknesses of Games Based Learning
Dave Eng
$97
Make More Mistakes
Make More Mistakes
Dave Eng
$97
Flow State
Flow State
Dave Eng
$97
Game Dynamics
Game Dynamics
Dave Eng
$97
Game Theme
Game Theme
Dave Eng
$97
Player Interaction
Player Interaction
Dave Eng
$97

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Frequently Asked Questions


Is there a membership fee to join the Games-Based Learning Alliance?
Yes. Membership costs $50/month or $500/year. Members can cancel their memberships at any time.
Does the Games-Based Learning Alliance meet at specific dates and times?
Yes. We meet synchronously (over Zoom) for one hour on the first Monday of each month for 60 minutes. Our meetings take place at Eastern Standard Time (EST) https://www.timeanddate.com/time/zones/
Am I obligated to join if I apply and receive an invite?
No! Your invite will be valid for a period of time after you receive it. If you don't wish to join, just ignore it. Still, please only apply if you're very serious about it. We spend time reviewing each application.
I applied but did not receive an invite. What does that mean?
Thank you for applying! If you haven’t heard back from us, it means that we’re still reviewing your application. Also, please consider checking your spam folder, if a response was received there. If you use Gmail, check the other inbox “tabs,” then feel free to follow up with us.
What system is used for the Games-Based Learning Alliance?
We use Mighty Networks to manage our community. Mighty Networks is an online membership portal that is a cross between Slack, Facebook Groups, LinkedIn Groups, and a Discussion Board. We use Teachable to host video, audio, and interactive content that is shared with the community.
What is the refund policy?
We offer a 30-day refund policy. If you are unhappy with the community for any reason, let us know within the first 30 days of membership and we will refund your payment.
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