Games or Gamification?

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Do you remember these? Can you name them?

In the early 1990’s, these two games were released as part of Windows Operating Systems to offices worldwide, and many productivity hours were lost; however, Solitaire and Mindsweeper did do their jobs. Believe it or not, these games were designed for more than fun, they were designed to teach people how to use a mouse to drag and drop and left and right click (Kapp, Blair & Mesch, 2014). That then begs the question, were these for gaming or learning?

Next week Circles of Innovation is back with Fun Theory & Gamification! We hope you will join us for our first session of the new year. For those of you who don’t know, Fun Theory is the idea that something as simple as fun is the easiest way to change people’s behavior for the better. Want students to use a mouse instead of a command prompt, give them Soitaire and Mindsweeper. Want them to improve their typing skills? Give them Z-type (If you haven’t checked that out, you might want to give it a try).

Would you like to have some fun and learn more about fun theory? Do you know the difference between games and gamification with respect to learning? Would you like to explore some gamification strategies that you can try in your classroom to increase learning and better engage your students? If so, then please join us at Circles next week. As always, we will be sharing bricks and clicks and teacher tricks that can help you to help your students learn.

We hope to see you there. Feel free to RSVP through the Edge in Atlas or just come out and join us. If you have other questions, feel free to contact your friendly faculty fellow.  Claudine Bentham @ West and James May @ East, Lake Nona, Osceola & Winter Park

Here are the Dates and Times:

  • East Campus               EC-008 – 114   Jan 24th 1pm to 2pm
  • West Campus             WC-006 – 221 Jan 24th 1pm to 2pm
  • Winter Park Campus   WP-001 – 115 Jan 24th 3pm to 4pm
  • East Campus              EC-008 – 115   Jan 25th 4pm to 5pm
  • West Campus             WC-006 – 221 Jan 26th 1pm to 2pm
  • Osceola Campus         OC-004 – 307   Jan 26th 1:30pm to 2:30pm
  • Lake Nona Campus     LN-001 – TBD  Jan 31st 1pm – 2pm


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