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"Learning by playing": A youth exchange on gamification and much more

From the 14th to 23rd of September, young people aged 20-28 gathered for an Erasmus + Youth Exchange in the beautiful city of Granada, Spain. The main aim of the youth exchange was to learn about the concepts of gamification and game-based learning.

FYCA was one of the actors involved in preparing and implementing this project.

The main sessions explored the difference between gamification and game-based learning, helped to identify the added value to participants of applying game-design elements to their daily lives, careers, and learning processes. Young people learned about the best-gamified practices and experienced their advantage over traditional learning experiences.

The sessions started with getting to know each other, then the team building followed. Afterward, the participants explored the elements of gamification which were the challenges, achievements, badges, and feedback. Other discussed game-based learning practices included roleplaying activities and simulation of real-life situations.

One of the main aspects of this project was also the intercultural exchange and cooperation. Most of the activity groups were from mixed groups, which allowed the participants to have an amazing experience during the intercultural evenings, where each country was presenting their national foods, drinks, dances, songs, etc.

According to one of the Armenian participants, Ani Barseghyan: "The project gave me a better understanding of gamification tools, and the idea of how to use them. I had the chance to meet and share knowledge with new cultures, make friends and enjoy the Granada".