What is Gamefication?


Gamefication refers to the integration of games or gaming mechanics into educational experiences. This topic has gained considerable traction over the past decade as games have proven to be effective learning tools, and beneficial in cognitive development and the fostering of soft skills among students, such as collaboration, communication, problem-solving, and critical thinking. The forms of games grow increasingly diverse and some of the most commonly used for educational purposes include alternate reality games (ARG), massively multiplayer online games (MMO), and global social awareness games. Most games that are currently used for learning across a wide range of disciplines share similar qualities: they are goal-oriented; have strong social components; and simulate some sort of real world experience that students find relevant to their lives. As game-based learning garners more attention in academia, developers are responding with games expressly designed to support immersive, experiential learning. Another major component of this topic is the gamification of learning, in which aspects of games are incorporated into learning exercises. For example, students may receive karma points or badges or move up to a new level after performing well during an activity. This allows educators to include elements of gaming without redoing their curriculum or undertaking game development work.


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