News, ideas, tips, and information on gamifying learning.
Hooks for Your Gamified Course
Each unit of study should capture the student's attention with a hook, an interesting introduction. If you are using a military theme, consider some of these:
- You must escape from somewhere.
- You need to win a battle.
- You need to take possession of something.
- You have to rescue fellow soldiers.
- You need to traverse through though terrain to get somewhere.
Once you have the hook, you can insert some obstacles as the unit of study progresses.
Easter Egg #4: Fun Facts
Type Fun Facts in your Google search bar and see what happens. Have students do this and post their favorites on a Canvas discussion board.
Easter Egg Idea #2: Atari Breakout
This is definitely one of my favorites. Click the Images search in Google and type Atari Breakout. All of the images become the blocks for Breakout and you can play like it's 1976. Like, Pacman, you can substitute a required, online homework with a fun 'Easter Egg' surprise and have them snip their score for extra XP.
Gamification Shop Item: Potion of Power
As students earn XP in your course, you could offer them the option of "purchasing" items. These items could help them individually or the class could pool their XP and purchase a class item. There are several in the newsletter as you scroll through.