Of Carrots and No Sticks; or, on Teaching Digital History with Gamification

Mar 13, 13 Of Carrots and No Sticks; or, on Teaching Digital History with Gamification

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I’m teaching HIST3812: Digital History (Games and Simulations for Historians) this term.  Past experience has taught me that whenever I actually try to force students to learn some digital skills – to do digital history – I encounter pushback and resistance. Why that should be is fodder for another day, but I...

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Lies & Gamification

Nov 29, 11 Lies & Gamification

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Gamification – love it or hate it, any time you use some sort of game mechanic, you’ve done it. Which makes ‘being a student’ the ultimate game of all. Write an essay, do a mid term, ace the final, level up to the next course, forget the previous course’s content… I’ve written before about...

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Gamification, Bullshit, and Teaching History

Aug 18, 11 Gamification, Bullshit, and Teaching History

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Ian Bogost is always interesting to watch. He hit the blogosphere recently with a strong declaration that ‘Gamification is Bullshit‘, where bullshit is used to conceal, to impress or to coerce. Unlike liars, bullshitters have no use for the truth. All that matters to them is hiding their ignorance or bringing about their...

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The Gamification of Interrogation

May 05, 11 The Gamification of Interrogation

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As recent events have reminded us, torture for the purposes of interrogation is a part of our cultural heritage in the United States. And, so are games. But what about the combination of the two? Games featuring harsh interrogation techniques are rare, but they’re out there. Lately, though, I’ve been thinking about...

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Games and Learning: Building Sustainable Communities

Jun 21, 16 Games and Learning: Building Sustainable Communities

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E3, The Electronic Entertainment Expo, was just last week, so there’s quite a bit of videogame news circulating about the internets right now.  Amid the waves of game trailers and press releases, most of us could be forgiven for not knowing that during the hubbub of the convention, a number of scholars and educators held a...

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