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Going Gameful: Level Up Your Teaching

July 24 @ 11:30 am - July 25 @ 4:00 pm

In this 1.5 day Gameful Course Design Summer Institute,  you will learn about Gameful Learning, learn from others who have taught gamefully and work with other educators collaborating on recreating/redesigning a course of your own.  We will also highlight GradeCraft – the first student management system that can help support a gameful teaching strategy. By the end of the conference, you should have a plan and design for your gameful course.

What is Gameful Learning?

Gameful learning is a new pedagogical approach that takes inspiration from the engagement we see in video games, and uses it to reimagine what traditional learning environments could be like – particularly, what role students can play and how the design of assessment systems supports student engagement. More than gamification, gameful learning is not about making school easy or turning learning into a video game. Instead, gameful is about designing environments where students are encouraged to focus on the craft of learning; where they take responsibility for their learning, and make self-aware choices regarding how they can best learn and be assessed on their development of content mastery. Gameful classes encourage students to take risks because students can recover from failure.

Interested in learning more about gameful? Check out the following for more information:

Speakers include:

Dr. Barry Fishman
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Information and Education
University of Michigan School of Information
University of Michigan School of Education

Dr. Rachel Niemer
Director of the Gameful Learning Lab
University of Michigan Office of Academic Innovation

Dr. Evan Straub
Learning Experience Designer
University of Michigan Office of Academic Innovation


This event is designed for higher education faculty, K-12 teachers, and professional development staff who are interested in a method of teaching that supports student ownership of learning.

University of Michigan graduate students will have an opportunity for scholarship attendance – application and information is available by contacting Evan Straub at evanstr@umich.edu. Full participation in the conference can count toward the GTC+ certificate for graduate students interested in teaching with digital media. It can count toward requirement G (workshop) or I (networking). For more information about the GTC+ program and to enroll, please see https://crlt.umich.edu/cert/dm or email UMGraduateTeacherCertificatePlus@umich.edu.

Register for Gameful Learning: Level Up Your Teaching. Deadline to register is Monday, July 10.

A block of rooms has been reserved at a reduced rate at the Graduate Ann Arbor.


July 24 @ 11:30 am
July 25 @ 4:00 pm
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Michigan Union, Kuenzel Room
530 S. State St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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