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Are alternative approaches such as gamification and badging effective in increasing engagement, retention, and achievement?

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Slides to go with a 20-minute presentation at the Association of Colleges Learning Technology conference, 22 March 2016.

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Are alternative approaches such as gamification and badging effective in increasing engagement, retention, and achievement?

  1. 1. Are alternative approaches such as gamification and badging effective in increasing engagement, retention, and achievement?_ Dr. Doug Belshaw Consultant, City & Guilds @dajbelshaw / https://goo.gl/KdM977
  2. 2. Overview In this presentation, Dr. Doug Belshaw, a consultant with City & Guilds (and formerly at the Mozilla Foundation), will outline how game mechanics and Open Badges can be used to engage learners and recognise their achievements. He will discuss the XP points and badges as part of City & Guilds' TechBac offer, ways to add a level of rigour and robustness to badging, and ways of scaffolding learning using pathways and taxonomies.
  3. 3. Structure 1. Game mechanics 2. City & Guilds TechBac 3. Open Badges 4. Badge pathways 5. Conclusion
  4. 4. 1. Game mechanics
  5. 5. “Gamification is the use of game mechanics to drive engagement in non-game business scenarios and to change behaviors in a target audience to achieve business outcomes. Many types of games include game mechanics such as points, challenges, leaderboards, rules and incentives that make game- play enjoyable. Gamification applies these to motivate the audience to higher and more meaningful levels of engagement. Humans are “hard-wired” to enjoy games and have a natural tendency to interact more deeply in activities that are framed in a game construct.” (Gartner)
  6. 6. "I don't do gamification — and I'm not prepared to stand up and say I think it works." (Jane McGonigal)
  7. 7. "When you strip away the genre differences and the technological complexities, all games share four defining traits: ● a goal ● rules ● a feedback system ● voluntary participation.” (Jane McGonigal)
  8. 8. 2. City & Guilds TechBac
  9. 9. http://techbac.com
  10. 10. http://techbac.com
  11. 11. City & Guilds TechBac http://techbac.com/how-it-works “By using the Mozilla Open Badge framework, TechBac rewards learners who demonstrate their skills and competencies in the form of digital badges. These badges can be easily transported and shared via social media or collected into the learner’s online CV builder.”
  12. 12. 3. Open Badges
  13. 13. How the Open Badges Infrastructure works in practice (taken from the Badge Alliance website)
  14. 14. + = +individuals and organisations around the world
  15. 15. http://badges.thinkoutloudclub.com
  16. 16. 4. Badge pathways
  17. 17. Path of Exile skill tree
  18. 18. Path of Exile skill tree Path of Exile skill tree
  19. 19. 5. Conclusion
  20. 20. Get in touch! Twitter: @dajbelshaw Email: doug.belshaw@cityandguilds.com Web: http://techbac.com

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