47 Reasons That Game Based Learning is Right For Your Class!

GBLMAPHaha, just kidding about the 47. Every article about new technology seems to give you way too many reasons to use it and makes you feel silly for not already using it. We’ll give you just 3 reasons to think about using our new Game Based Learning Module in D2L. There’s probably more, but who has time for more than 3?

  1. Performance Before Competence: No-Risk Practice. Students can engage with material on their own before you even formally teach it to them without risk. Or after. Or both!
  2. Motivation through Rewards and Achievements. Answer a bunch of questions correctly? Here’s a funny little badge! Awesome I love it! Thanks! Give me more!
  3. Social Motivation. Sometimes the competitive spirit kicks in and motivates you to climb that leader board. Kind of like the same excitement you get from a lot of likes on Facebook or retweets on Twitter. It’s weird, but it works!

So those are some reasons, here’s the thing: The D2L Game-Based Learning Tool! It lets you build games that can be embedded onto your course page.

On Monday, February 29th at The Academic Retreat, we will be holding a working session on how to use the GBL tool. We hope to see you there! If you won’t be able to make it, you’re NOT out of luck. We are happy to set up a time to meet with you to show you how to start creating.

In the meantime, here’s a list of the things to know about this tool

-Fleming staff can get a GBL account by emailing us at LDSTeam@flemingcollege.ca

-The game is built in the GBL Admin Tool and then sent to your D2L Course Page

-You build a Game Map that has content and activities embedded into spots on the map. The example in the picture above uses the idea of a road trip through Ontario to stop at different habitats to learn and answer questions about those habitats.

-Your D2L Course Page will get some new widgets: The Game Map, My Player and the Course Feed

avatarexample<-Students get to create their own avatar in the My Player Widget
Students will receive achievements/awards admin tool5that you create in the Course Feed widget->

 

 

 

-Your game will have a leader boardleaderboard

 

If you want to try out this game, enroll yourself in the Natural Resources Identification Games Page here. Or you can find the link to self enroll in the Help and Information widget on the main D2L page.

So… want to join the fun? Have some ideas? Let us know and we can help! LDSTeam@flemingcollege.ca

Game on!

Terry

 

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