Extra Credits: Gamifying Education

Thanks to @Gwimbo for sharing this kick-ass video with me today!

by Extracredits, 6 May 2011 2:00 am
escapistmagazine.com

NB: Was interested to look over this related comment thread.  It struck me that, while people tend to agree with me to my face when I talk to them about Games Based Learning, that many (some? all?) also will walk away still thinking this in the back of their mind:

I think this is bullshit, the reason why people are addicted to facebook and videogames is not because they want to be awarded achievements and level-ups it because it beats work, its more about poor work ethic and lack of discipline and the way society fosters such values rather than anything else.

So, where do you stand on that?

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  1. #1 by kmcg2375 on May 7, 2011 - 12:35 pm

    ‘people without a sense of agency stumble around day to day without any real long term goals’
    repeat…agency

  2. #2 by Andrew Jessup on May 7, 2011 - 6:29 pm

    Kel, this is awesome. Thanks for sharing.

    FYI http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZvcUgi8Hso

  3. #3 by kmcg2375 on May 11, 2011 - 12:28 pm

    Hey Jessup – thanks!
    I love his notion of ‘the game layer’. I tried explaining gamification a little to my students, but they seemed to want to use it to replace current approaches to pedagogy. Next semester I’ll try explaining it as a ‘layer’. Cheers :)

    “school is a game, but it’s a poorly designed game, that’s kind of broken…”

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