I have been following the Gamification course on coursera for the past couple of weeks. It’s taught by Kevin Werbeck of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School. I’m interested in this course for two major reasons (each with questions):
#1: What is gamification?
How does it work?
What’s the evidence that it actually provides a benefit?
What are its best practices?
Can I apply these ideas to my Biology course?
#2 Does Online education work?
I like codecademy, but is online education limited to programming or similar problem-based classes?
Can I actually learn from this course?
Is it motivating to come back to for a whole semester?
Can I apply what I’ve learned here (technically) to make my own classes better / more integrated with multimedia?
So far, the answers to most of these questions are positive. I do feel like I am learning something and I do think that I can apply the elements I learn both about online education and gamification to my own work. I intend to write more thoroughly about this once I’ve gone a little further in the class.