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Leveraging Game Mechanics Through The Creative Use Of Blackboard Tools

Dr. Ramiro de la Rosa (University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, USA)
Mrs. Jessica Sanchez (University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, USA)
Mr. Anthony Salinas (University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, USA)
Session Information
October 16, 2015 - 10:45am
Technology and Emerging Learning Environments
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Practical Application
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Theory/Conceptual Framework
Institutional Level: 
Universities and Four Year Institutions
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Information Session
Oceanic 4
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45 Minutes
Concurrent Session 10

Leveraging gamification's potential for engagement within Blackboard holds a promise for instructors that is easy to consider. 

Extended Abstract

Leveraging gamification's potential for engagement within Blackboard holds a promise for instructors that is easy to consider. The 2014 Blue Horizon Report in Higher Education states that gamification is an up and coming trend that can develop skills to solve complex, social and environmental challenges. 

Consequently, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley developed and implemented a gamification framework, which applies best practices and quality standards to their Blackboard online and hybrid courses. This framework provides a means of using Blackboard tools creatively, such as items for storytelling, achievements for badges, and clever application of adaptive release within learning modules, to apply game thinking, game elements, and game mechanics into non-game environments. 

Attendance in this session will provide participants with the following: 1) a blueprint for developing a gamified environment aligned to course objectives, and 2) examples of a gamified framework for use in hybrid and online courses. 

Lead Presenter

Dr. Ramiro de la Rosa is the Associate Director for Research Innovation in Distance Education at the Center for Online Learning and Teaching Technology at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy from Our Lady of the Lake University, a Master of Education from Texas Tech University and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Baylor University.