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Gamification: The Science and Benefits

Tina found this article published in the eLearning Industry titled “The Science and the Benefits of Gamification in eLearning” by Christopher Pappas. Pappas states that endorphins are released during exercise and mental challenges that not only increase pleasure but also aid in the retention of information. This is one of the benefits of the gamification …

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Games vs Gamification in Higher Education

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Registration will close this morning (Monday) at 9 AM so be sure to follow the link here to send us your registration information so we can get you the webinar information in time. Please register soon to attend the webinar. And, please spread the word to your colleagues. We’re very excited to have Karl Kapp join us …

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Fried Friday: Gamifying Education

It’s not too late to sign up for Karl Kapp’s short presentation on Games vs. Gamification. Join us at 11 AM on Monday the 24th to learn more about the gamification of education and how you might improve your student’s engagement and interest in your course topic. Karl Kapp of Bloomsburg University is the author …

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Gamification of Learning: Part 2

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Part 2: The Elements of Gamification In our first post we explored a little bit about the importance of games historically and their relationship to learning. The Nobel Prize website has some wonderful educational games and videos that might give you an idea of some well-designed and educationally challenging gaming examples. The gamification of education …

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Gamification Poll

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Gamification of Learning: Part 1

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Part 1: Background Educational games have been around forever. You have probably all played, shown a child, or at least heard of Typing Tutor or TypeBlaster, Where in the World is Carmen San Diego, and the Oregon Trail. These are all educational games that have filled a nitch for years and years and have been modified, …

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Surveys and Polls, Challenge Winners!

Thank you Charla and Marnie for contributing ideas about surveys! You can find their submissions at our Faculty Challenge Google Site. Marnie reminded me that when we listed survey tools in our initial post, we forgot to include the UAS Survey tool in our list. She really likes the reports that she gets from this survey …

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Fried Friday: Do your students feel like this?

Yesterday we posted an article that talked about a faculty’s responsibility to students. Does it include answering all questions? Does it require you to hand-feed your students? Today we want to add a little humor into your day with the following video clip: “What if your GPS acted like a typical user’s guide” which we …

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Do you do clean windows too?

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Mary shared an interesting article posted this week in the Faculty Focus Teaching Professor Blog titled  “She Didn’t Teach. We Had to Learn it Ourselves.” It poses some good questions surrounding just what is your job as a “good” teacher? Should you explain everything clearly to students? Should you underscore all of the important information and …

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Off to a Great Start!

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Paul Beaudoin has some great strategies to get your online course off to a great start this semester and keep it that way all semester long. His tips include: Icebreakers and welcome videos Sharing course expectations and using a virtual wall for students to write down their committments etc. A video about creating a course …

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