What is Gamification?
Gamification is an instructional strategy that combines intention with a coherent collection of game elements to produce an engaging learning experience connected to objectives and outcomes.
Other Common Names
Other common names for gamification include:
- Game design
- Game mechanics
There is a difference between element 42 (games) and element 21 (gamification). Games—as you’ll read in chapter 5, “Radioactive Elements”—are something you play, and are often isolated activities within a larger learning experience. Gamification, on the other hand, is an intentional design strategy applied to some or all of a learning experience.
If you’re curious whether your learning program has truly “gamified” the
experience for your learners, you may want to ask whether it has any combination
of these gamification properties:
- Engages learners by carrying game-based elements throughout the design of a learning experience
- Balances content delivery and game play in an ongoing basis
- Introduces or reinforces new knowledge, skills, or abilities