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Transforming Education with #Gamification: The Past, Present and Future (#GBL)


The education industry is in transition – from the obvious changes being wrought at the university level to wrenching, systemic transformation at K-12 in the United States. At the same time, educators are no strangers to games and gamification — they’ve long been used in the classroom. But if it’s such a powerful tool, why hasn’t gamification been the magic panacea that’s solved all of our problems? Where is the gap between meaningful game-based interventions in education and what’s happened so far? What are the bright spots, and the major roadblocks yet ahead? Join Robert Torres for this insightful look at a vision for the future of gamified education, and how we can truly leverage the potential of this powerful approach.

Course Hero, an online education start-up, has been engaging college students in its online learning community by using game mechanics from Bunchball for more than a year to great success. Harnessing the motivational power of games and applying it to real-world problems, Course Hero’s gamification elements motivate students to learn in a more interactive manner and urge them to care more about what they’re learning. Course Hero CEO Andrew Grauer will share details on how participation on the site has increased by 25% since implementing gamified elements, as well as how the site has seen at 51% grown in bad ges awarded since February 2012.

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“Tell me and I will forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I will understand.” -------- Chinese Wisdom "Games are the most elevated form of investigation." -------- Albert Einstein
"I'm calling for investments in educational technology that will help create digital tutors that are as effective as personal tutors, educational software as compelling as the best video game," President Barack Obama said while touring a tech-focused Boston school (year 2011).
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