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2015-2016 Workshops: Gamification

What is Gamification?

Gamification is the application of game-design elements and game principles in non-game contexts. In education, the content of a course OR the structure of a course can be gamified.  Want to know more?  Here's a video!

Elements of Content Gamification

Content Gamification is rooted in the video game world, but some non-video applications include:

  • Story-like elements
  • Characters
  • Challenges


Role-playing is a popular method of content gamification in higher education. Explore the resources below for more role-playing information and examples.

infographic: structural gamification

Methods of Structural Gamficiation

Common Methods of Structural Gamification include:

  • Points: Students earn points for each completed mission (assignment)
  • Levels: Achieved by earning points- determine student's final grade
  • Rewards: Bonus opportunities or points tied to levels or badges
  • Badges: Virtual representation of achievement
  • Multiple Paths to Achievement: options for reaching levels
  • Leaderboards: competition; can be used selectively
  • Safe Failures: Opportunities to try repeatedly without consequences

tools for structural gamification