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Buzz, badges and leader boards – just what is gamification anyway?

By Carlo Perrotta of Futurelab at NFER

In my previous post I discussed the tension between innovation and formal schooling, and in our recent report we consciously kept to discussion of evidence relating to game-based learning in the context of formal schooling. However we did a lot of thinking about the broader topic of gamification and I thought it would be worthwhile to set out some of our thoughts here as a way of developing discussion on this area. Continue reading


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Gamification: an awkward new kid on the education block?

By Carlo Perrotta of Futurelab at NFER

We recently published a report that reviews the latest evidence about game-based learning and explores (possible) future directions. With this post, I would like to share some of the “behind the scenes” considerations that took place while we were appraising the literature. Continue reading