As language educators, we think of games as a handy tool to teach or practice discrete grammatical concepts or vocabulary, but Dr. Kay Berkling suggests we should look at gamification in a broader sense and gamify teaching in general. “If you think of life as a game, it’s more fun, isn't it?” Definitely, it is in Dr. Berkling’s classroom!
A professor at DHBW Karlsruhe (Germany), Dr. Berkling works on computer-based learning in the context of gamification (check out this project here - it’s quite amazing). A few weeks ago, Dr. Berkling gave a workshop at the University of Barcelona on gamification of teaching. What is it? Gamification of teaching means using game thinking and game mechanics for educational purposes. It is not restricted to using games in your classroom - think bigger!