"This video explains how to ‘gamify’ your Moodle course even if you don’t have Moodle 2.5 or above. It not only talks about the technical process, but also explains the benefits from a practical and real-life teaching perspective"
What are conditional activities? Since the introduction of Moodle 2, it has been possible for users to track which activities/resources they have completed. This means that resources/activities are aware’ of their completion status for each course user ...
Gamify your Moodle courses – badges
Younger students seem to respond very well to this strategy. I have ‘gamified’ two of my middle-school courses and I have noticed a sharp increase in student engagement in both (i.e. they complete more activities, more often and to better standards). Moodle should soon benefit from an integration with OpenBadges, but until then here is what you could do.
- The idea is to create a bunch of badges that students can ‘unlock’ by completing activities or viewing resources.
- My ‘badges’ are simple images inserted in labels that are completely hidden until specific conditions have been met (see figure 1).
- When students complete activities or view resources, those images will appear on their screen, giving them the impression that they have ‘unlocked’ it.
- A student will only see the badges that they have unlocked, thus Moodle course pages look different to all students.
- There seems to be a bit of healthy competition happening between students as they compare the number of badges when they log on to Moodle in the classroom (see figures 2 and 3).
- Some badges are harder to get than others and those students who manage to unlock them tend to keep the tricks and locations to themselves.
- I will be conducting a study between 21st March and 7th July to measure the impact of gamifying a Moodle course; I will expose one group to the gamified course, and another group to the un-gamified version and compare. Visit in a few months time if you’re interested in the results.
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