Gameful Learning Lab

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Design to Motivate Learning

When individuals are motivated to do something, they are more engaged in the task and more likely to learn from the experience.  Well-designed games, and videogames in particular, are environments where participants are highly motivated to continue working on hard tasks and enjoy that hard work.  The Gameful Learning Lab (GLL) leverages inspiration from good games to explore how learning environments can be designed (and re-designed) to promote learners’ senses of autonomy, belonging and competence to motivate engagement and effort in learning. The GLL collaborates with instructors to create engaging courses, conducts research on learner motivation and develops tools to facilitate gameful learning at a range of scales.