Saturday, February 22, 2014

Mining the Web Project - Gamification in the Classroom RWLD

Mining the Web
Executive Summary


Facilitators and Important Dates:


  1. Facilitators:
    1. Jeremy Cooper Email:  jcooper@uni.edu
    2. Ian Hubrig Email:  iwh@uni.edu


  1. Important Dates:
    1. Introduction of Mining the Web Activities:  Wednesday, February 26th
    2. Initial Voicethread Discussion Post:   Due Sunday, February 29th
     c.   Blackboard Discussion Participation and Blog:  Due Tuesday, March 4th
Background and Introduction:


Gamification is the notion of applying aspects of gaming to life and classroom learning.  It relies on extrinsic and intrinsic motivators to encourage participants to engage in a type of discovery learning.  Gamification can use rewards and badges, provide multiple points of engagement, and provide a digital social atmosphere.   
Through this Mining the Web activity, you are going to have the opportunity to learn about several key elements of how to add gamification elements to various subject areas, reflect upon your learning in various formats, and actually participate in a couple of different gamified learning experiences.  Each of these activities will require you to reflect upon your experiences using provided links, discussion boards, and blogging tools within either Voicethread or Blackboard.


Prepare for the Activities:


  1. Create a free account for Voicethread, Duolingo, and Codecademy.
  2. Watch the following Ted Talks video called, “7 Ways Games Reward the Brain.”
    1. After watching the video, go to Voicethread and record a short summary of what you learned in the Ted Talks video, and any reactions you had to the speaker.
  3. Read the following articles and respond to the corresponding Blackboard Discussion Link.
      1. Blackboard Discussion - Go to the Distance Education "Mining the Web Project Folder" and find the forum discussion called "Mining the Web: Gamification Discussion"
  4. Works Cited:


Brunsell, E., & Horejsi, M. (2013). Designing Your Course Like a Video Game. Science
            Teacher, 80(7), 8.




Gamification Activities (Site Exploration):
  1. Go to Duolingo and choose a language to learn during this activity.  You are to either work through Level 1 of your selected language, or participate in the activity for a total of 30 minutes.
    1. As you progress you will be awarded various achievements while working at your own pace with your selected language.
    2. While progressing through the first level of your selected language, you will have four hearts.  If you make a critical error during your activities, you will lose one heart.  If you run out of hearts during your Level 1 activities, you will have to start the level over again.


  1. Go to Codecademy and begin working through the HTML and CSS coding lessons using the given instructions.  You are being asked to participate and progress as far as you can in a single 20 minute session.
    1. As you progress you will be awarded various badges while working at your own pace through the coding lessons.  These badges will document your progress through the coding lessons.


Gamification Post Activity Discussion:


  1. Duolingo Activity
    1. Using the provided Blackboard Blog link, blog about your progress through the Duolingo Activity.  Blog discussion can include, but is not limited to; your progress through the lesson, how gamification is being used in this activity to promote or engage the learner, and any successes or challenges you faced while completing this activity.

  1. Codecademy Activity
    1. Using the provided Blackboard Blog link, blog about your progress through the Codecademy Activity.  Blog discussion can include, but is not limited to; your progress through the lesson, how gamification is being used in this activity to promote or engage the learner, and any successes or challenges you faced while completing this activity.

Blackboard Blog Link for Duolingo and Codecademy: Go to the Mining the Web Project Folder and post your blog entry in the Gamification Blog.

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