Gamification of a broadcast journalism course

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Jamie Litty
University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Syllabus based on my original Broadcast Journalism course. After reading several proponents of "game-ified" pedagogy, I had been wanting to try something like this for a while, because students are supposedly used to playing video games and in particular to tracking their avatars' experience, life force, money, etc., which is supposedly motivating and they can relate to such progress better than to grades (?). Upon learning right before school started that Blackboard had a new feature for awarding "badges" for "Achievements" or milestones in a course, I thought the opportunity was ripe. I'm not necessarily a proponent of this now. Most of my students looked at me like "Huh?" (They do not play such video games, it turns out.) Also, awarding those badges in Blackboard turned out to be a pain, because you have to create certain "rules," and since I wasn't actually planning to use the grade center in Blackboard and none of the evaluation was taking place in Blackboard, this became a manual and confusing chore for me. Still, for what it's worth, here is my gamified syllabus.