Gamification Community of Practice

With Guest Speaker Mika LaVaque-Manty, Director of LSA Honors Program, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Department of Political Science at the University of Michigan 

This conversation will explore ways of incorporating the logic and structure of successful games in course design. Based on a dozen years of experimentation at the University of Michigan, Mika LaVaque-Manty will talk about his and his colleagues’ path from surface-level gamification (such as naming assignments “quests” or replacing grades with points and levels) to designs that motivate students to explore and foster their autonomy. Part of the development team for GradeCraft, a “gameful” learning management system, he will also introduce some of the ways in which the tool can help such efforts (and some of the ways in which it might not). 

Mika LaVaque-Manty is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan. He is also Director of the Honors Program in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at and a member of faculty advisory committee for the Center for Academic Innovation at Michigan. A philosopher by training, he is a political theorist who currently focuses on student learning in higher education in his teaching, research, and administrative work.

Join us on Zoom:  https://cuboulder.zoom.us/j/94821235425

Wednesday, December 1 at 9:00am to 10:15am

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