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Applying Gamification to Higher Education and Libraries


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Florida Virtual Campus -Talking Tech Webcast Series on Oct 10, 2013 by Bohyun Kim, Digital Access Librarian,Florida International University Medical Library.

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Applying Gamification to Higher Education and Libraries

  1. 1. S Applying Gamification to Higher Education and Libraries Florida Virtual Campus -Talking Tech Webcast Series Oct 10, 2013 Bohyun Kim, Digital Access Librarian Florida International University Medical Library @bohyunkim
  2. 2. Why Care about Gamification? S On the 2-3 years of adoption horizon in higher education according to the 2013 Horizon Report. S Important Context: Mobile Shift & Scarcity of Human Attention S Strength: Engagement and Motivation S Application: In use by individuals or institutions, for educational, practical, marketing purposes, or even for a greater cause.
  3. 3. Game vs. Gamification Image from Flickr with Creative Commons Copyright
  4. 4. Power of Game Dynamics S Did you know that Farmville can change the behavior pattern of over 70 million people by simply changing a rule for how often a Farmville user needs to water the crop?
  5. 5. Gamification
  6. 6. Make People Willing to Do a Good Thing
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  8. 8. “Their latest electric car, the Fusion Energi, comes complete with a fascinating dashboard that provides several psychological incentives to make us drive in a better and more efficient way.”
  9. 9. Gamification for Scientific Discovery Image from FoldIt Website:
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  12. 12. Game Review by a medical resident: app-better-doctor/
  13. 13. At FIU - Renal Pursuit
  14. 14. Image from Anne Burke “NCSU Libraries Mobile Scavenger Hunt,” ALA Conference 2012,
  15. 15. LEARNING MADE FUN NCSU / GVSU Image source: Ann Burke, / ; Kyle Felker, in ACRL TechConnect Blog
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  17. 17. Challenges in Gamification S Is the aspect of classroom/library experience in question suitable for gamification? S Is the resulting game experience something the target group would enjoy? S What is the ultimate goal of gamifying this particular aspect of classroom/library experience? S What are the logistical needs that should be met to ensure the success of your gamification project?
  18. 18. Importance of Execution S Gamification alone does not guarantee student engagement or learning. S A clear goal, careful planning, and skillful execution are necessary for the success of a gamification project.
  19. 19. Further Readings 0. Bohyun Kim, Keeping Up with Gamificaiton,, 2013. 1. The New Media Consortium. NMC Horizon Report 2012 Higher Ed Edition. (The New Media Consortium, 2012). 2. The New Media Consortium. NMC Horizon Report 2013 Higher Education Edition. (The New Media Consortium, 2013). 3. Josh Keller. "Smartphone Game Turns College Tours, Orientations Into Scavenger Hunts." Chronicle of Higher Education. September 9, 2011. 4. Steve Tally. "Digital Badges Show Students' Skills Along with Degree," Purdue News. September 11, 2012. 5. Heong Weng Mak. "The Gamification of College Lectures at the University of Michigan," Gamification Co. February 8, 2013. 6. Peter Nonacs. "Cheating to Learn: How a UCLA Professor Gamed a Game Theory Midterm," KCRW Blog. April 22, 2013. 7. Monica Fusich et al. "HML-IQ Fresno State's Online Library Orientation Game." College & Research Libraries News. 72, no. 11 (December 1, 2011): 626-630. 8. Andrew Walsh. "Gamifying the University Library." (Presented at the Online Information Conference 2011, London, 2011). 9. Anne Burke, Adrienne Lai, and Adam Rogers. "The North Carolina State University Libraries' Mobile Scavenger Hunt: A Case Study" in Mobile Library Services: Best Practices. (Scarecrow Press, 2013), 70. 10. Elizabeth McMunn-Tetangco. "If You Build It ...? One Campus' Firsthand Account of Gamification in the Academic Library." College & Research Libraries News. 74, no. 4 (April 1, 2013): 208-210. 11. Yukai Chou, “Top 10 Social Gamification Examples that will Literally Save the World,” Yu-kai Chou & Gamification Blog. Sep. 3, 2013.
  20. 20. Thank you! Image from Flickr: Bohyun Kim @bohyunkim