Gamification and its evolved deployment within the curriculum
29 Mar 2023
Teaching & Learning
Within education, there is a constant battle between the curriculum and assessment expectations of educational intuitions and the enjoyability factor and learning opportunities and methods employed by educators. This talk aims to help create a handshake between those two core interests to create a more fun but efficient educational setting. This talk will break down and explain what gamification is and how in theory it is the best way to educate and teach people skills and information. This will reference a study completed by Mark Rober and compare this method to several real-life examples of natural learning. This will also reflect on the punishment vs reward theory previously discussed and experimented with by Pavlov and how this has evolved with modern learning environments and educational subjects. The talk will then reflect on the actual difficulties that practising educators face when looking at deploying Gamification within modern-day practice and teaching due to the restraints of core curriculum and assessment. We will explore methods and techniques of how to allow the two elements to work together in sync across a range of education settings aimed at further and higher education levels. We will explore general structure plans, formative assessment methods and technologies which can be used as part of this teaching model. This will allow educators to more accurately use techniques to help engagement and enjoyability of taught subject areas without compromising on the assessment part of the course or subject. This will push the course, not the qualification mantra which all education intuitions should be following.