A designing games and gamification for learning chat with Vasilis Gkogkidis


In this interview Pete Jenkins asks Vasilis Gkogkidis about his research and the new book Designing Games and Gamification for Learning. We look at the use of gamification in higher education, the importance of rules as opposed to other game mechanics, the Inverted Storytelling Pyramid and much more.


Vasilis Gkogkidis is the author of “Designing Games and Gamification for Learning” a book with practical tips on how to design games for serious purposes. He has been active in the gamification community and has worked on various gamification projects since 2016. He is a PhD candidate and researcher at the University of Southampton and in his free time he likes to play as many board games as possible.

About the author 

Pete Baikins

Pete Baikins is an international authority on gamification, a lifelong gamer, successful entrepreneur and a lecturer. As CEO of Gamification+ Ltd he mentors and trains companies world-wide on the use of gamification to solve business challenges. Gamification+ won the Board of Trade Award from the UK's Department of International Trade in January 2019.

Pete is co-host of the health gamification podcast Health Points and is also Chair of Gamification Europe, the annual conference for Gamification practitioners.

Pete is an Honorary Ambassador for GamFed (International Gamification Confederation), having previously been the Chair from 2014 to February 2019, whose aim is to spread best practices within and support the gamification industry.

After 15 years as a Lecturer on gamification and entrepreneurship at the University of Brighton he now guest lectures on Gamification at King’s College London and at ESCP Europe at post-graduate and under-graduate levels.

Over the past 20 years Pete has built and sold two businesses. One was in security software and the more recent one was a telecoms and internet connectivity business. He is also an Ambassador for Brighton & Hove Chamber of Commerce in the UK.

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