Going Gameful: Level Up Your Learners’ Motivation

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We all want learners to be deeply engaged, to take risks, and to be resilient in the face of failure. To increase learner engagement, we need to tap into their intrinsic motivation. Gameful pedagogy—and gameful course design in particular—is a framework for giving learners agency and supporting their intrinsic motivation, inspired by game design principles. This session will explore the philosophy behind gameful pedagogy, the principles derived from that philosophy that can guide your course designs, and the teaching practices that can further support the intrinsic motivation of your learners. Participants will brainstorm ways they might use gameful pedagogy in their own course design, understand the difference between gameful learning and gamification, and develop a plan for giving students choices in how to demonstrate their learning.

Rachel Niemer


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