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Trends in Adult Ed- Reasons why Gamification in Adult Education is taking over

Gaming for teaching has demonstrated benefits in learning. Gamification promotes motivation and engagement from both the facilitator and the learners. It is proven that it strengthens relationships from teacher-to-student to student-to-student interaction. This fad is not only effective in early education but it can be seen in adult education.



Perhaps the easiest type of gamification is getting a stamp each time you purchase coffee or you peel off a monopoly sticker on your Mcdonald's burger. Gather ten stamps and you get a free prize. It resembles finishing a level, getting a prize, and achieving something in return.




The article, Gaming in Education, states that games can be used as a support tool to complement traditional teaching methods to improve the learning experience of learners while also teaching other skills such as following rules, adaptation, problem-solving, interaction, critical thinking skills, creativity, teamwork, and good sportsmanship.

 
I think that gamification works because it triggers real, powerful human emotions.

Gaming in education represents a new blend and perspectives on prior teaching techniques, all wrapped up into a new gift. I have learned that applying gaming theories to learn will motivate and lead to success in building lifelong learners.


The resource I am hoping to integrate into my professional practice is the theory of gamified learning. I will add components when teaching it very well may be the utilization of gaming components like leaderboards, progress bars, and loyalty points. These tap into our regular senses like mentioned above in the article on following rules, adaptation, problem-solving, interaction, critical thinking skills, creativity, teamwork, good sportsmanship, and sometimes rivalry. It creates a positive learning environment, expands commitment and dedication in adult learners.


What do you think? Would you be daring enough to implement gamification in your teaching?



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