What motivates people to persevere through difficult tasks they otherwise would not want to do? It’s a question the gaming world seems to have conquered and a concept which has recently gained traction in education. Serious games have a lot to teach educators about providing students with a sense of agency and the freedom to fail, behaviour modification practices, and unfolding learning in an immersive storyline supported by a social community.
Though gamified learning is not simply playing video games in the classroom - it is applying game-design thinking and game mechanics on a large scale to engage users in solving problems and increase their self contributions. Learn how to use the power of games to empower your students. This course is appropriate for all K-12 teachers, postsecondary educators, technology coaches, and those in related fields.
To emerge victorious, participants of this course will:
Distinguish between gamification, game-based learning, and game simulations
Investigate the principles of gamification and game mechanics
Understand how elements could be applied to educational settings
Explore authentic gamified learning projects
Apply gamification principles to a unit of study