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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Gamification

Page address: https://www.mnsu.edu/its/academic/gamification.html

 

Overview:  Gamification refers to using elements of gaming as part of instruction. (Kapp, 2012) Aspects of games that have been found to have educational benefits including being able to model high-stakes situations in low-stakes environments, allowing learners to "level-up" by beginning with a version of a game with more "hints" and slowly removing the help and support mechanisms, providing ongoing, continuous feedback (the "infinitely patient tutor"), and increase students' focused mental effort on course material by making the work of learning fun (Higdon, Miller, and Paul, 2009).