Is games based enough / best practice

as I enter another year (education years run August to July) I reflect: for starters I ‘should’ post more.

In hearing about someone’s spouse writing for Pearson and her husband’s presumed link if their interest in gamificatiin this article suggests otherwise.

https://www.pearsoned.com/digital-learning-gamification/

Where in which they categorize games based learning and gamificatiin as separate categories. Some claim it’s more like a square being a rectangle… gamification wishes to make the entire structure of a class a game (in many respects we as humans have already done so: rules, levels, points, stages, theme, leader boards). Games based learning puts games into a classroom (that are hopefully aligned to standards that would benefit from this) so if there are already game elements in a classroom to begin with… instantly gamified?

https://www.learningsolutionsmag.com/articles/2424/increasing-student-engagement-in-business-education

Above, Pearson put together a business course into an electronic interface, success went to leaderboards/leveling, failure meant you had to replay it (content was added to a study guide), etc… this most certainly contains game based elements! So have we turned this entire class into a game?

https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/making-magic/what-game-2018-06-04

Here a very successful / smart man muses on the definition of a game. It requires agency, goals, restrictions and a lack of real world relevance … in that last aspect it will be difficult for any educator program to be a game. In the first (agency) if you know all of the content then it is no longer a game… there is only one correct move, one right answer (read the article linked above: it’s quicker once you get last his intro).

I leave this post with no further comment but a question: can anyone really claim the goal of making a classroom a game is successful?

 

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