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Gamification: A Workshop with Kevin Werbach

You've probably heard the word "gamification" thrown around in the education community, but what does it actually mean? We're excited to have special guest (and EdTech Meetup member) Professor Kevin Werbach do a Gamification workshop for us.   

Workshop Description: "Gamification – using elements and design techniques from digital games to address business challenges – is gaining traction in both business and education. This hands-on workshop will provide an overview of gamification and then give you the opportunity to engage in a real-world design exercise. Using the framework from Professor Werbach’s book, For the Win, and his popular Coursera MOOC, you and a team will go from a blank page to a developed gamification concept."   

Kevin Werbach is a professor at Wharton and a leading expert on the business and social implications of digital networks. He helped develop the U.S. government’s e-commerce policies in the Clinton Administration, and more recently served on the Obama Administration's Presidential Transition Team and as an advisor to the FCC and Department of Commerce.  A leader in the emerging field of gamification, Werbach was named Wharton’s first Iron Prof for his presentation, “All I Really Needed to Know I Learned in World of Warcraft.” He is the instructor of the Coursera Gamification MOOC and the co-author of For the Win, a guide to gamification as a business practice. He blogs at http://werblog.com and tweets at @kwerb.

The night will still contain a healthy dose of networking before the workshop begins. We are limited to 150 attendees, so please make sure to RSVP.

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  • Nadia S

    I know this was months ago... but I remember Kevin Werbach saying he would share his powerpoint with our group. Is this posted anywhere?/Can it be?
    Thanks! It was an excellent presentation and I want to continue to learn from it.

    1 · June 6, 2014

  • Neil

    The MOOC looks great! Is there interest in forming a Philly based in-person study group?

    January 29, 2014

  • Ivan C.

    Great intro to gamification... thanks! I liked it so much that I signed up for Kevin's Coursera MOOC: https://www.coursera.org/course/gamification Who else is signing up? Or, comments/suggestions from anybody who has taken it before?

    More details on the MOOC:
    The class started yesterday but the first homework is not due until Feb. 9. It'll be 10 weeks with 4-8 hours of work a week. Course Syllabus
    The course is divided into 12 units. It will cover 1-2 of them each week: 1. What is Gamification?
    2. Games
    3. Game Thinking
    4. Game Elements
    5. Psychology and Motivation (I)
    6. Psychology and Motivation (II)
    7. Gamification Design Framework
    8. Design Choices
    9. Enterprise Gamification
    10. Social Good and Behavior Change
    11. Critiques and Risks
    12. Beyond the Basics

    If you are on the fence, they have preview lectures available at: https://class.coursera.org/gamification-003/lecture/preview

    2 · January 28, 2014

    • Eleni M.

      I am attending already. It's easy to catch up. So far all you need to do is watch the videos from the first part. Assignments/quizzes have not started yet.

      January 28, 2014

  • Eleni M.

    Another great edtech meetup with great people and great presenter.

    January 28, 2014

  • Mary Beth H.

    Lots of fun, engaging. As usual, a great group of people!

    2 · January 28, 2014

  • Steve d.

    Very informative. Well structured. Engaging. World reknownked presenter

    2 · January 28, 2014

  • Dr. Mindy M.

    Great overview for a novice...me!

    2 · January 28, 2014

  • W C

    Thanks for putting this together. I can definitely put this info to work in my business. Just ordered the book.

    1 · January 27, 2014

  • Kelly

    I appreciated the interactive teaching aspect of the meetup. Cool topic.

    1 · January 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    The event was a blast! Great activities. We need to launch a kick-starter for our group's gamified idea. ;)

    1 · January 27, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Feel free to add me on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/pub/mel­issa-milloway/18/49a/290­/

      January 27, 2014

  • Donna M.

    Fantastic! Great workshop and such a nice group of people.

    1 · January 27, 2014

  • Mike K.

    Bummed to have missed it, but got done too late in the burbs to be able to get to Northern Liberties in time.

    January 27, 2014

  • David W.

    Cool event!

    January 27, 2014

  • Cat M.

    Sadly, I have to un-RSVP for this evening. HOpe it's a great time (I'm sure it will be).

    January 27, 2014

    • Donna M.

      We will miss you Cat - see you soon!

      January 27, 2014

  • Tristan H.

    Unfortunately I am feeling under the weather today, so I am going to have to miss tonight. Looking forward to going to future meetups though!

    January 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just realized that I'm taking a coursea course with this same professor that starts today! I'm gonna stick with that.

    January 27, 2014

  • Christopher R.

    Just an FYI for all interested ed-techies...

    The Teacher Action Group is launching its 2014 Inquiry to Action Groups and I'll be leading an inquiry group entitled Philadelphia as Classroom: An Inquiry into Connected Learning Experiences. "Philadelphia as Classroom: An Inquiry into Connected Learning Experiences: This ItAG will develop ways to partner local institutions and professional communities for student learning experiences beyond classroom walls. We will use the Connected Learning framework, which pushes for more interdisciplinary problem solving, critical thinking, and communication in student learning to inform the dialogue."

    At its core, I intend for this group to focus on ways we can leverage technology and relationships to open up classrooms to all the wonderful resources (cultural, technical, etc.) that Philadelphia has to offer. Read more about TAG Philly's ItAGs here: http://www.tagphilly.org/itags-kick-off-on-february-12th/

    1 · January 14, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Christopher, this sounds like a great group. I used to teach English language content via computer courses in the public schools in D.C. and know how powerful wholistic approaches can be. I'm especially interested in the mentoring component of ItAG. Thanks for sharing!

      1 · January 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Does anyone want to share a ride from Center City?

    December 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi guys, I forgot to write back. I am actually meeting up with a former colleague of mine and a friend to go to the event. I won't be needing a ride/carpool. Thanks for everyone reaching out though!

      January 24, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Dave-Are you still able to pick folks up? I would be coming from Univ City via SEPTA and could meet in a more central location. Otherwise I will be driving in. My cell is[masked]-0783. Thanks!

      January 26, 2014

  • Sol K.

    I want to use MOOCs to help with accelerating the solutions of food system problems through out the world.

    January 19, 2014

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