#Gamification at #CanvasCon

One of my favorite sessions at CanvasCon was about video games and learning. Many of the points made are ones that I also make regularly when I explain my passion for gamification. The talk was by Matt Brenner, whose Twitter handle @levelupteacher is just perfect.

The talk began by asking those in the audience to define the characteristics of ideal students. Brenner then described the ideal gamer, highlighting that the attributes and skills are essentially the same.

The work of Jane McGonigal got a shoutout, providing data about how much time people today spend playing games vs. reading and doing other things.

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  • John MacDonald

    I always thought playing Dungeons and Dragons was a good “analogy” for the educational process – especially trap rooms where you have to question all your assumptions and explore all possible options (no matter how unlikely) to escape. I also think having scored debate games are interesting where the students don’t get to choose which side they have to defend.