Want to know about ‘serious games’ or games used for non entertainment purposes? Well, the third Irish Symposium on Game-Based Learning (iGBL2013; http://igbl2013.wordpress.com) will be hosted at the Dublin Institute of Technology between the 6th and 7th June 2013.

The purpose of this symposium is to:
· report on the use of GBL in primary, secondary and third-level education
· define the roadmap for GBL in Ireland
·provide evidence of the effectiveness of GBL to motivate and learn
·identify how GBL can be included and facilitated in instructional settings

This symposium will bring together teachers, lecturers, students and researchers, and provide insights from different perspectives such as education, sociology, educational psychology, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), artificial intelligence, game design, game development and instructional design.It will also be a great opportunity to network and share ideas with other researchers and practitioners.

Important Dates
8th March: Abstract submission deadline
8th April: Notification of abstract acceptance
19th April: Earlybird registration deadline
3rd May: Registration deadline
31st May: Final submission of presentations

Submission types

This year the programme will include presentations, workshops and pecha kucha sessions as well as interactive poster presentations. All submission types require that you submit a 300-500 word abstract to be received by 8 March 2013. For further details see the conference website athttp://igbl2013.wordpress.com.

We are seeking contributions on a wide range of topics including, but not limited to:
· Pedagogical/learning theories for game based learning
· Evaluation of game based learning
· Assessment in game based learning
· Integrating game based learning with the curriculum
· Use of narrative/role-playing in game-based learning
· Designing games for learning
· Gamification
· Serious games
· Technologies, tools and platforms for developing games for learning
· Technologies for mobile and multi-user games for learning
· Location-based technology for game-based learning
· Social and collaborative aspects of game-based learning
· Organisational issues when implementing games within educational settings
· Gender/age/cultural issues

Submission Procedure

All submission types require that you submit a 300-500 word abstract to be received by 8 March 2013. Submissions must be made online form athttp://bit.ly/W4XnIH. Submissions must include the proposed title for the submission, the full names and affiliations of all authors, and the contact details of at least one author. In the case of multiple authors, please specify who will be the presenting author at the symposium. The abstract should clearly explain how the submission will meet the objectives of the symposium. Authors will be notified of the status of their proposal by 8 April 2013.

Inquiries can be forwarded to igbl2013@gmail.com and you can follow us on twitter @igbl2013.