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Alessandra Antonaci

Gamification as cooking!

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Just back from the first conference on Gamification I ever attended. @GamiFIN2017 I had a unique opportunity in meeting and being inspired by three of the most prominent scholars in the field: Sebastian Deterding, Sylvester Arnab and Juho Hamari. They presented and inspired the audience in three different ways, highlighting the potentials and pointing out the lack of gamification from diverse points of view, delivering three distinctive messages. Sebastian Deterding focused more on the importance of developing a more rigorous method for investigating gamification effects: it is fundamental to have solid theories, taxonomies and ask the right questions. Gamification is like…

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If you do it, do it safely!

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Technology and in particularly the Internet facilitate our daily life by making communication easier than ever before. People born after 1985 are not aware of a life without e-mail, and of that amazing sound that the modem used to make when connecting the computer to this special network called “the Internet”. With the diffusion of social networks, sharing information has become effortless, and especially teenagers continuously share photos, information related to their location, feelings and other private information with their friends, often without being aware of the consequences. The I Secure Project aims to empower education systems with an “information…

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Mini-Track on Gamification in MOOCs

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For those of you interested in Gamification applied to an online environment such as MOOC there is a dedicated mini-track at the 11th European Conference on Games Based Learning (5 -6th October 2017, Graz, Austria). Gamification (known as the application of game elements to non-entertaining scenarios) is well known in education and other fields (e.g. marketing, training and trading) as a technique with enormous potential for engaging and motivating users and stimulating behavioural changes. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are a relevant educational trend, which received a lot of attention recently. MOOCs are designed to address mass audiences. However, MOOCs…

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How a swan made me reflect on MOOC…

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I remember the first time I saw a swan in my life…Wow I was seduced by its elegant movement in the water, in total equilibrium with its environment. I didn’t have the same feeling and impression when some days ago I saw a strange animal with a very long neck, with very short paws and enormous feet walking on the green. I was deeply surprised when I discovered that it was a swan. Outside of the water, all the elegance and beauty disappeared, and even a swan can look clumsy … This made me think and reflect about the importance…

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To MOOC or not to MOOC, that’s is the question..

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Over the past 15 years the ICT revolution has driven global development […] Globally 3.2 billion people are using the Internet of which 2 billion are from developing countries” (ICT Facts and Figures, 2015). Distances are perceived less due to the extensiveness of the Internet. Open Education (OE) takes advantage of the ability of the World Wide Web to connect and involve learners in collaborating and sharing information, experience, knowledge, documents, etc.”. Consequently, the development of the Internet and digital technologies have impacted on formal, informal and non-formal education. Besides, the movement of OER and the introduction of Massive Open…

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