What are benefits of gamification for teachers and students?
Gamification in education involves taking learning processes and applying elements of game playing to these processes - think point scoring, earning badges, moving up levels and leaderboards, as well as having students compete with others or beat their personal best.
There are many benefits for teachers and students when gamification is brought into the classroom. For teachers, the introduction of game mechanics into course design can provide an easy way to increase student engagement and motivation - two important predictors of student success.
Caroline Ennis, an academic at the University of Westminster, has been using gamification in her courses for the past few years. She initially became interested in gamified learning when working with hard-to-reach learners. Subsequently, when asked to design a module for her university students, she decided to use Practice Operations, which is a McGraw Hill simulation game and was a central resource used within the operations management course that she ran.
What happened when the students had a go at the game was not too surprising to Caroline.