When most people think about gaming, they immediately assume the video variety and with it come the negative connotations of social reclusiveness, lack of human interaction, and endless hours of playtime.
A buzzword in the world of online learning, gamification is “the application of typical elements of game playing…to other areas of activity…to encourage engagement…” Whether that’s giving badges for accomplishments, awards for completion of a particular activity or a way of sharing successes with other students, gamification is revolutionizing the way we learn online.
Knewton is a technology provider that improves student achievement in the online environment and notes that gaming elements such as progression, investment and cascading information theory can be harnessed to facilitate learning in new ways. Gamification also helps students to demonstrate persistence, risk-taking, attention to detail and problem-solving – all of which are skills learned in a traditional classroom setting and extremely useful post-educationally.
Take a look at this amazing infographic from Knewton that explores how gamification can potentially deliver truly meaningful experiences to students as they learn.
Created by Knewton and Column Five Media