Another dot in the blogosphere?


Posted on: October 14, 2021

For the strategy in this tweet to work, you have to assume that learners cannot to see through this star-shaped chocolate-covered broccoli. Perhaps the strategy is to keep blinding them with shiny extrinsic rewards. 

Therein lie some problems with gamification. It encourages learners to depend on external rewards. Such rewards seem positive (stars or chocolate) to lower the resistance of students towards something that seems unpleasant (tests or broccoli).

When combined, the strategy does not teach learners to do something good for its own sake. It teaches students to expect rewards and it does not teach students how to distinguish what is good for them in the long run.

But what might be worst of all is that the uncritical use of gamification is perpetuated by teachers who see nothing wrong with this practice.

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