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Gamification: Applying Game Principles to Teaching


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Gamification: Applying Game Principles to Teaching

Digital Strategies for Your Analog Classroom

Initial viewing of this 60-minute Magna Online Seminar was held on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. in the CETL Seminar Room - Swenson 2074.  Contact This link will open your email client for sending an email.cetl@uwsuper.edu or stop by the CETL office at 2076 Swenson Hall to check out the DVD of the recorded seminar and the handout materials for the webinar.

Game based learning helps teachers engage students by transforming the educational environment.  Play a new kind of game - one that enhances learning. The principles that underpin successful games can be used to transform a college class even without a digital game or programming knowledge. You can use these principles in an analog class to create an educational experience that contains the best of both worlds: a game based overlay without technical distractions.

 "Edutainment" products have long tried to harness the "fun" quotient of games and video games for teaching. However, educators have struggled to employ the concepts of gamification in an educational setting, and they are finding out it can pose more distraction than discovery.

The principles that underpin successful games can be used to transform a college class even without a digital game or programming knowledge. You can use these principles in an analog class to create an educational experience that contains the best of both worlds: a game-based overlay without technical distractions.

Get tools you can use by registering for the Magna Online Seminar, Gamification: Applying Game Principles to Your Teaching. This one-hour seminar will teach you to use the concepts involved in successful games while providing practical ideas for translating those principles to your classroom or learning management system.

By the end of this webinar you will be able to:

  • Identify the five principles of gamification
  • Develop strategies to translate these concepts into action in a face-to-face class, a learning management system (LMS), or an online class
  • Adjust curricular designs to take full advantage of gamification elements
  • Wrap the gamification elements around a central location such as an LMS
  • Locate resources to assist you

Games are not just play. Gamification: Applying Game Principles to Your Teaching will explain how the concepts that underpin successful games can transform a college class even without digital games.

The webinar features Kevin Yee, PhD, who is the Director of the Academy for Teaching and Learning Excellence at the University of South Florida. His main research interest focuses on emerging technology, Web 2.0 tools for teaching, and the pedagogy of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), particularly when combined with gamification.


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