In my introduction, I mentioned that I’m working to develop a community for dissertationers that uses gamification strategies.
I’m curious if others are using these or have thought about it –
Resources I’ve been using so far are:
- Coursera has some MOOC courses on gamification, which I have taken.
- I’m also working my way through Yu-Kai Chou’s
book Actionable Gamification) and on-line videos as well as having done
a 3-day virtual conference with him. A software company that works with
his model to build gamified elements on top of existing websites is funifier.com
What I really like about Yu-Kai’s model is that it goes way beyond
the popularization of points, badges, and leaderboards to consider
various ways in which we are motivated to participate in something and
then builds the gamification elements around those motivations specific
to that purpose.
I’m starting with developing a self-assessment for dissertationers
that will let me see the most common motivational elements that
are lacking and desired as well as letting the individual see where they
could shift how they motivate themselves – that’s my discovery phase to
let them find me and see how I’m thinking about their process.
Have others thought about including gamification in their communities? I’d love to hear about it!