Effects of evaluation on learning

How is it possible to write a procedure for absolutely every possible situation, especially in a world filled with unexpected events? Answer: it’s impossible. [Yet] procedures and rule books dominate industry. - Norman Evaluation requires that a known phenomena be measured or quantified against its former self or another. In learning, this can be seen… Continue reading Effects of evaluation on learning

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All fun, leisurely activities and time will eventually be used for productive and competitive work

Carse (1986 p 38): ..playing at, or perhaps playing around, is the kind of play that has no consequence. This is the sort of playfulness implied in the ordinary sense of such terms as entertainment, amusement, diversion, comic relief, recreation, relaxation. Inevitably, however, seriousness will creep back into this kind of play. The executive’s vacation, like the… Continue reading All fun, leisurely activities and time will eventually be used for productive and competitive work

Reality is broken. Why games make us better and how they can change the world McGonigal, J. (2011) – A review

Over the last 3 months, maybe a little more, I have spent my bus rides flipping the pages of Jane McGonigal's book; Reality is broken. Why games make us better and how they can change the world. Below I do a short topic-based analysis of the things that I found interesting and important to discuss.… Continue reading Reality is broken. Why games make us better and how they can change the world McGonigal, J. (2011) – A review

How to measure motivation, user engagement and gamification

User engagement is one of the hottest buzzwords and concepts being thrown around with the connotation that it may be the holy grail to solving all motivational - human engagement - problems in learning, and other societal issues such as poverty, global warming, and energy conservation. The lack of a unified and clear definition has… Continue reading How to measure motivation, user engagement and gamification

The puzzle of motivation; Dan Pink [TED]

As long a task involves only mechanical skill, bonuses work as they would be expected: the higher the pay, the better the performance But once the task calls for 'even rudimentary cognitive skill' a larger reward 'leads to poorer performance The elephant is now in the room; its time to start changing values and altitudes.

How to make learning engaging for kids

The function of the child is to live his own life – not the life that his anxious parents think he should live, nor a life according to the purpose of the educator who thinks he knows best. All this interference and guidance on the part of adults only produces a generation of robots. –… Continue reading How to make learning engaging for kids