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The Importance of Failure

Recently, I came across this article which discusses the importance of normalizing failure as a part of the learning process. Failure, the author argues, is a part of the learning process. However, from the moment we first enter schools failure is treated as something to be avoided at all costs. It is something to be …

A Student’s Reflections on Grading

Today I bring you a guest post from a recent student. In this post, the student reflects on what it’s like to be in a class that uses gamification and XP as a form of grading. I’m thrilled to be able to share this with you because it’s always helpful to get a perspective on …

Teacher as Designer

I’ve just finished reading Reality is Broken: Why Games Matter and How They Can Change the World by Jane McGonigal. I was inspired to read it to further my thinking on gamification in teaching. It’s not about gamification in education specifically – although there is a bit on it in the book – but rather what games …

Online Courses: Lessons Learned (Part 2)

Last week, I wrote about how I have been taking two online courses and lessons I was learning as part of being a student in that context. Previously, I wrote about what I learned from taking the Twitter Masterminds course. Today, I want to share with you a lesson I have learned from being a …

Overwhelmed Online

I have been very excited that I will finally be teaching fully online! I ordered some desk copies of a few books, and they were spot on with what I needed. I felt like I was really getting ahead of the curve. I’m about six-seven months out from the first course starting, and I already …

Deciding the Content

Recently, I explained that starting in the fall I would be teaching fully online for the 2017-2018 academic year. My first thought was about how I would foster community. However, once I got past that I realized that I needed to back up and think about the content first. Community is incredibly important for the …

Featured Teacher: Chris Aviles

This month’s Featured Teacher is someone who has had a significant influence on my teaching. Chris Aviles runs the Teched Up Teacher. I came across his work when I was first developing an interest in gamification. It was through his site that I was able to take my college courses and work to gamify them. …

And Now Classes Start….

This is the week that classes get underway. It’s a little strange (I think) how my university does it. Classes start on Tuesday. I have one class that meets on Tuesday, but the other meets on Monday. So this week – no Monday class. My Monday class will meet a week from today and then …

Tweaking Quests and XP

I’m back at work on my fall courses (started in May). Why? Because I’m super excited about them that’s why. This will be my second year applying principles of gamification to my courses. Last year, I applied it to three/four. In the fall, I will apply it to two. Let’s talk about one of the …

Let’s Get Rid of Classes

I was having a discussion recently with some folks, and the topic of gamification briefly came up. It was a side conversation – not really pertinent to what we were discussing – so we didn’t stay on it too long. But in that moment I had an idea about how we approach teacher education: It’s …

May Video Update

At the end of each month, I do a brief overview of the videos posted to my You Tube Channel. Here’s the run down for May: Literacy Feed (Webcast): Discussion of issues happening in literacy research and instruction. Working with Struggling Readers: My interview of how classroom teachers might think about working with students who …

It’s Not Extra Credit

At the beginning of the fall semester, I presented both my classes with a syllabus (the wiki version of it). The syllabus had quests students could take up, and many of the quests had ways for students to dive deeply into them if they wanted to. As we started making our way through the semester, …

Higher Education

Want to get together and make higher education a better place? We often think of how we can improve our own teaching or research, but we can also consider how to engage in practices that improve our own physical, mental, and emotional well being in ways that support our teaching and research. I am available …

Classroom Teachers

As a former middle school teacher, I love the chance to connect with teachers and help address K-12 instructional issues. I am available to conduct workshops in person or online over a period of time that best suits your needs. My areas of expertise include: (a) working with students who have academic reading & writing …

Challenges and Quests and the Leaderboard, Oh My!

Today I bring you a guest post from a student currently in one of my courses. I’ll be honest, I offered students in one of my classes 1000XP  if they would share a post about their thoughts on gamification. This is part of what I love about it. Lots of opportunities to work in XP. …

The Classroom Tweeters

On the very first day of class, I asked the students in my Content Area Literacy course to consider the question, What Counts as Knowledge? The directions I gave them were: This course is framed around the question, “What counts as knowledge?” What does it means to know something? Who gets to be an authority on …

Next Steps in Gaming

I’ve outlined a number of ways to get into gaming your classroom. While these have applied to my teacher education courses, the general principles can be utilized across contexts. Remember that I took the ideas from Chris who had initially implemented them in a high school English class. So don’t get too hung up on …

Let’s Play A Game

About a month ago, one of the tech specialists in my building asked me if I would be interested in playing around with badges in my courses. The concept of badges is very simple. A person gets a badge (sometimes called an Achievement) for completing a specific task or a series of related tasks. The …

Vita

Updated 8/17 Personal Information Leigh A. Hall Professor, Wyoming Excellence in Higher Education Endowed Chair in Adolescent Literacy University of Wyoming Social Media Twitter Teaching Academia (Blog): Focuses on my thinking about teaching in higher education Medium: Stories written about issues in and around my research Educational History Michigan State University Ph.D. 2005 Department of …