Essential Question: What is the difference between Gaming and Gamification and why does it matter?
First lets start with some definitions. A game is "a form of play or sport, especially a competitive one played according to rules and decided by skill, strength, or luck" (Davis 2014). Gamification is "'the use of game design elements in non-game contexts'" (Groh 2012). To understand gamification you first need to understand the different aspects or components of games. Games can be utilized in many contexts. For the purpose of this class I will focus on education. Davis (2012) states that powerful games for the classroom usually include the following:
Davis, V. (2014, October 13). A Guide to Game-Based Learning. Retrieved September 18, 2016, from http://www.edutopia.org/blog/guide-to-game-based-learning-vicki-davis
Groh, F. (2012, February 14). Gamification: State of the Art Definition and Utilization. Retrieved September 18, 2016, from https://oparu.uniulm.de/xmlui/bitstream/handle/123456789/1800/vts_7866_11380.pdf?sequence=1#page=39
Nicholson, S. (2012, June). A User-Centered Theoretical Framework for Meaningful Gamification. Retrieved September 18, 2016, from http://www.quilageo.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Framework-for-Meaningful-Gamifications.pdf