Well, all good things must come to an end and the same can be said of my micro-MOOC #GE4L. Although, while it might be the end of the MOOC, my journey into the world of Gamification has only just begun. As I said in my last post, I’m keen to start applying what I’ve been reading and learning about in this course and I intend to do this in the near future.
Some reflections about this course:
I’ve been exposed to a rich array of resources and examples which has both consolidated what I already know about Gamification and expanded my thinking on the subject
- I need to play more games!
- Gamification (if done well) should make learning more interesting, enjoyable and fun for the learners
- Creating a gamified learning experience will take some time in the planning, design and creation but we need to start (as always) with our learners and what they need to be able to do ( I also believe this extra effort is worth it)
- Some people I would recommend to learn more about Gamification are – Karl Kapp, Jane McGonigal, and Amy Jo Kim. If you know of others, let me know!
- I’ve made some great connections because of this course and hopefully we’ll stay in contact in the future.
From an overall MOOC experience, I’ve learned that:
- Ryan Tracey’s 10 Hot Tips for MOOCers was very useful and worked well for me
- It’s best to not be overwhelmed by the amount of resources and discussion threads, look for things that interest you or might be useful to you and focus on them
- You only get out what you put in (a cliché but its true)
- Participate as much as you can and get involved somehow (and do this regularly)
- MOOCs seem suit people who are self-directed learners so they might not be for everyone.
Last but not least, a huge thank-you to our Game Masters: Robin Bartoletti, Whitney Kilgore, Heather Farmakis and Michelle Pacansky-Brock. You are great facilitators and provided a lot of support to participants, clear instructions, a large variety of resources that covered a number of different fields and you encouraged all of us to contribute and share with others in some way. The time and effort that you put into creating and running this course was terrific and greatly appreciated by me and I’m sure all of the other participants. I would definitely participate in another MOOC.