Tag: gamification

5 Ways to Make Your Class More Like a Game

Picture a teenager bent over a videogame, intent to master Level 99 and conquer the world. Contrast that image with the image of a student trying to master a long list of terms for his class in Anatomy & Physiology. Why is the former student so motivated, and the latter is itching to get away?

Game designers make use of certain elements and strategies that draw players into the game and motivate them to keep on playing.

Read on to find out 5 creative ways to incorporate gaming elements into your course.

Do Online Games and Video Games Promote Social Emotional Learning?

Parents and educators tend to discourage teens from playing online games or video games, thinking that the games encourage isolation and a degradation of interpersonal skills.

Surprisingly, however, some educators believe that video games might actually help students develop crucial skills that improve their self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and interpersonal relationships. According to Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D., playing online games or video games can promote each of the 5 core competencies of social emotional learning:

Gamification of Education

Check out this infographic from Knewton.com to learn more about the Gamification of Education. The infographic includes a brief history of gamified learning, an explanation of game elements, and examples of how games be used in schools today.

Gamification in Higher Ed

Games are typically played when taking a break from schoolwork or studying, but in recent years, game-playing has become a part of the learning process itself. As new technologies emerge and online education becomes more popular, an increasing number of…