Gamification: Upgrading the Learning Environment


  1. The same elements that make games enjoyable also make them ideal learning environments.
  2. Gaming is especially useful for simulating real-world career scenarios and training students how to respond.
  3. Several prestigious institutions now incorporate gaming into their graduate programs.

“Keep sitting there staring at that screen. Atari will rot your brain as fast as Fun Dip rots your teeth.” This may have been a parental warning back in 1985, but things sure have changed since then.

Today, universities are discovering that the same elements that make games so mesmerizing also make them ideal learning environments. When we’re engaged with games, our minds are assembling information, recognizing problems, and working towards solutions. Games are an effective platform for simulating real-world scenarios and training students to react wisely under pressure. That’s why gaming is catching on at the undergraduate and graduate levels, even at top academic institutions.

Check out this presentation from the SRHE Annual Research Conference that showcases the purpose and benefits of gamifying undergraduate programs:

Gamification in Higher Education on Prezi

According to a recent article, we’re seeing an increase in the use of graduate-level gamification to prepare students for careers in industries like healthcare and business. As noted in the article, these top ranking institutions are just a few of those making their marks as graduate-gaming pioneers:



Originally published: November 10, 2012 – Blog rebuilt: April 20, 2014

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