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An LMS to Support ‘Gameful’ Learning. 2016 Innovators Awards An LMS to Support ‘Gameful’ Learning Seeking to bring the qualities of well-designed games to pedagogical assessment, the University of Michigan created a learning management system that uses gaming elements such as competition, badges and unlocks to provide students with a personalized pathway through their courses.

An LMS to Support ‘Gameful’ Learning

Category: Teaching and Learning Institution: University of Michigan Project: GradeCraft Project lead: Barry Fishman, Arthur F. Tech lineup: Developed in-house, Alfa Jango, Amazon Web Services The University of Michigan GradeCraft team (left to right): Caitlin Holman, Barry Fishman, Adam Levick, Marie Hooper, Rachel Niemer, Ben Plummer, Jonathan Gabel and Jamie Wright. Many universities are experimenting with adding elements of games to courses.

"School is a kind of game — just a poorly designed one," said Barry Fishman, a professor of learning technologies in the UM School of Information and School of Education. Research Suggests Students Learn More When Working Together in Virtual Reality Games. Gaming Research Suggests Students Learn More When Working Together in Virtual Reality Games With the help of a virtual reality game their professor created, some students at Cornell University have gathered evidence that interacting with other people in a game-playing atmosphere may help them learn more.

Research Suggests Students Learn More When Working Together in Virtual Reality Games

Using a language-learning game, "Crystalize," created by Cornell Assistant Professor of Computer Science Erik Andersen, a group of students conducted a study with two different groups in which players, using an avatar, take a virtual tour of Japan. In the game, which is intended to help students learn Japanese — although it is designed to teach other languages as well — players go on "quests" to learn new words by watching game characters talk to each other. For instance, as one character walks away, another that is left behind says, "Sayonara.

" Naturally, players collect points by completing quests, as is so often the case in role-playing games. About the Author. Excelsior College To Integrate Game-Based Learning in 5 Courses. Gaming Excelsior College To Integrate Game-Based Learning in 5 Courses By Dian Schaffhauser09/09/15 Excelsior College will integrate gaming and advanced simulation in five of its courses over the next year.

Excelsior College To Integrate Game-Based Learning in 5 Courses

It is one of the first steps in an initiative to integrate game-based learning across its entire curriculum. Muzzy Lane, a company that creates game-based tools, will partner with the college on the project that is one of the first initiatives of the college's new Center for Game and Simulation-Based Learning. "Games have shown the potential to transform learners from passive, disinterested knowledge consumers into intrinsically motivated knowledge producers," said David Seelow, director of the Center for Game and Simulation-Based Learning. The new game-based initiative will be used in a required course in the master of public administration program and electives in business and technology, health sciences and liberal arts. About the Author. What role do games play in education?: Brenda Romero insights Online Video Course. Gaming and Gamification. Game-based e-learning: The next level of staff training.

Combining the convenience of online learning with just plain fun adds a new dimension to staff training E-learning is taking hold in popularity in many fields, including long-term care.

Game-based e-learning: The next level of staff training

However, Fortune 500 companies, to take one prominent example, are discovering that e-learning is often simply “e-boring.” “Companies in the U.S. spend about $60 billion a year on training their employees, but there's a good chance much of that is wasted. The reason: Most training sessions are just too dull. (Web-based e-learning classes were supposed to fix that, but in reality, they just allow employees to get bored at their own pace.) One of the challenges with e-learning, or online learning as it's also called, is that programmers, not educators, have too often been at the controls. E-learning, like any other learning, is most effective when designed and executed by educators and experienced trainers who understand learner motivation, both intrinsic and extrinsic.

The big difference? 170 Ways To Use Word Clouds In Every Classroom. Welcome to a post I always have fun writing.

170 Ways To Use Word Clouds In Every Classroom

Last year I attempted finding ways to use Word Clouds (Wordle) in education. When I concluded writing that post I was at 108 possible ways. More than a half year went by, and I was up to 125 ways to use Word Clouds in the classroom. I am so proud that this post now includes 170 ways. I was able to put together this list because of you and a lot of reflection. Booking Info – Are you looking for a practical and affordable professional development workshop for your school or conference? 170 Ways to Use Word Clouds in the Classroom - by Michael Gorman at ( Once again, I am amazed every time I talk to groups and find out so many educators have not used word clouds with their students. This is an update I promised from my previous 125 ways to use word clouds.

All Subjects Put your lesson plan into a word cloud to create a word cloud of what you will be learning about. Science When classifying objects… make a word cloud for each classification. Math.