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Indiana Professor Grades in Gamer Rewards

Mar 20 2010 - 2:00pm

A professor at Indiana University has introduced a new grading system to a class called Game Politics. Lee Sheldon, an assistant professor in the telecommunications department, has replaced the traditional letter grading system in his class to a system based on experience points [1] like the ones used to track progress in role-playing games like World of Warcraft [2]. According to Sheldon, who is also a game designer,

"As the gamer generation moves into the mainstream workforce, they are willing and eager to apply the culture and learning-techniques they bring with them from games."

Students start with a Level 1 avatar, which corresponds to a letter grade of "F." Through challenges and quests (a.k.a. assignments), they gain points, advancing to higher levels. And, similar to World of Warcraft, students are grouped into "guilds" [3] and must complete both solo tasks and group assignments.

Source: Flickr User autographedcat [4]

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