Becker Blog

My name is Katrin Becker. This is my blog. It is about Digital Games, Gamification, Educational Technology, Computer Science, Academia, and sometimes Rural Life and other notions. Comments are welcome but will be edited as necessary to maintain relevance.

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Evolution of the “Good” vs “Bad” Gamification Chart, PART 1.

I’m working on the 1st volume of a set of books devoted to gamification in learning. There seems to be quite a bit of confusion […]

Please don’t let “Gamblification” become a thing in learning!

I often hear people talking about adding elements of chance to an experience to make it more interesting. For instance, adding a random reward for […]

Open-access books are downloaded, cited, and mentioned more than non-OA books (and why I DON’T publish my books this way).

Open-access journal articles have been found, to some extent, to be downloaded and cited more than non-OA articles. But could the same be true for […]

The Guide to Computer Simulations and Games NOW AVAILABLE!

We have regained the rights to our 2011 book, The Guide to Computer Simulations and Games, originally published by Wiley. We are in the process […]

QUIZ: Is it Plagiarism? – Not So Fast!

I cam across this quiz from the EasyBib Blog today. I have some problems with it. Think you can identify plagiarism like a pro? See […]

The Guide to Computer Simulations and Games to be re-released.

We have regained the rights to our 2011 book, The Guide to Computer Simulations and Games, originally published by Wiley. We are in the process […]

Maybe people aren’t so much bad as weak.

Hmmm, so people aren’t naturally cruel, or selfish. (So much for Dawkins’ “selfish gene“) I would say that people are, however, easy to manipulate. This […]

What?! No Deadlines on Assignments?!

A common kind of complaint among many HE faculty: My student comes with a long story about why they need an extension on an assignment. […]

STILL Worth Sharing: Constructivism vs. Constructivism vs. Constructionism | Computing Education Research Blog

This post distinguishes between Constructivism, the cognitive theory, Constructivism, the educational philosophy, and Constructionism. It does an excellent job. Thanks Mark Guzdial! Source: Constructivism vs. […]

Worth Sharing: The Misguided Drive to Measure ‘Learning Outcomes’ NYT

Colleges should stop trivializing the transmission of knowledge. Source: Opinion | The Misguided Drive to Measure ‘Learning Outcomes’ I love having objective, clear-cut descriptions of […]

Worth Sharing: Why I Stopped Writing on My Students’ Papers

A professor decides it’s time to reconceive how he comments on essay assignments. This is GREAT! I have taken to requiring my students to do […]

Another example of the Randomness of Grades

I Can’t Answer These Texas Standardized Test Questions About My Own Poems | The Huffington Post Source: I Can’t Answer These Texas Standardized Test Questions […]

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