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Level Up! Integrating Games and Gamification
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST
Presented by Dr. Michael M. Grant, Associate Professor of Educational Technology, University of South Carolina, and President-Elect and Convention Planner, Association for Educational Communication and Technology
Hosted by Dr. Monte Tatom, Associate Professor of Education, Freed-Hardeman University, TN
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Games and gamification can be powerful and controversial tools for teaching and learning. This edWebinar provides:
- Background on learning, motivation, and research for using games and gamification
- Explanation and examples of gaming to support learning
- Strategies, examples, and opportunities for gamification to support teaching and learning
The topics of games and gamification in learning, of which individuals engaged in teaching and learning should be aware, have persistently been cited as important or cutting-edge. Games and gaming are distinguished by their specific original purposes of entertainment; however, serious games, which are most akin to simulations, are designed to educate first. Most recently, gamification applies game design elements, particularly those engendering motivation, to non-game processes like courses and instructional units.
Viewers will be introduced to games and gamification and receive numerous practical examples to try in their own settings or inspire changes to existing lessons. This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to preservice teachers.
About the Presenter
Dr. Michael M. Grant is Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina and coordinator for the educational technology programs. His research considers three areas: the design and development of technology-enhanced learning environments, graphic and instructional designs to support learning, and key learner characteristics. His most recent scholarship has focused on inquiry methods, such as project-based and problem-based learning, and mobile learning in K-12 and higher education within STEM disciplines. Dr. Grant earned his Ph.D. from The University of Georgia in instructional technology. He is the president-elect for the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), planning the 2019 convention.
About the Host
Dr. Monte Tatom received his Ed.D. in educational administration at Auburn University. He has been in K-12 education for 26 years as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and coordinator of staff development. He retired from Mobile County Public School System in December 2005. He began working at Freed-Hardeman University (FHU) in January 2006. He is an associate professor of education within the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences at FHU. He currently has over 13 years in higher education. Dr. Tatom assisted in building the online M.Ed. in Instructional Technology that began summer 2017. He has actively been involved in educational technology since taking his first computer course at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, AL during spring 1983 (EDM 510: Micro-computing Systems in Education).
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