Looking for new ways to motivate students? Try Gamification.

“Gamification is the use of game-like thinking and elements in places that aren’t traditionally games. The use of game mechanics and dynamics like badges, leader boards, and actions can be useful for improving motivation and learning in informal and formal settings.” -Gamifying Education.org

Well integrating gamification into your courses is what Michael Cole encourages professors to try. Michael Cole is a Computer Science student here at the College of Charleston. When he first transfered here from Trident Tech, he was already getting into the local Computer Science scene in town. After his first semester, he jumped head first into planning events around town (an example being BarCampCHS) to try to turn Charleston into the new Silicon Valley.

Michael sent me his presentation that he created for a Pecha Kucha (a presentation style that has 20 slides, each slide being only 20 seconds long) during an event the college hosts called CS4HS (Computer Science for High School). I wanted to share it with the campus community. It’s really great to see how current students recommend ways to make College courses more engaging, while still delivering the content. Check it out and let me know what you think!

Here is the link that Michael gave last year http://youtu.be/UAcEImbKWCA. Listed below are a few links that Michael referenced in his presentation:

http://gamification.org/wiki/Gamification_of_Education
http://www.gamifyingeducation.org/ 

Want to learn more about gamification, and how it relates to education? Check out these resources:

http://penny-arcade.com/patv/episode/gamification
http://penny-arcade.com/patv/episode/gamifying-education

Thanks for sharing with me, Michael!