The game-based learning for older adults (gambaloa) project is a two-year EU Lifelong Learning partnership project, which aims to contribute to research and practice in the field of games for learning with older people. Games-based learning offers an innovative pedagogic approach, supporting active learning and enhanced engagement. However, most of the research in this area has focused on young people and not taken account of the different expectations, motivations, needs and preferences of older people, despite the growing number of both older learners and older gamers we are seeing today. This project aims to develop a network of interested researchers, teachers and learners in order to collate and share best practice in the design and use of games-based learning with people over the age of 50 years. This project has two objectives:
- to bring together researchers, teachers and learners interested in the use of games-based learning with older adults (in particular aged 50 years and over);
- to create an international network to share best practice and develop future collaborative research in that area (including the design of a multilateral project that will systematically analyze game based teaching approaches in relation to older learners and inter-generational groups and will, based on this, prepare a teacher handbook and teacher courses).
This project is funded with the support of the European Commission under the Lifelong Learning Programme. This publication communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.