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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IS it What Straight-A Students Get Wrong, or is it what WE get wrong?

Approximate Reading Time: 1 minute It’s not the students’ fault. Not making marks random, and reducing the risks of failure are what gives students more […]

Worth Sharing: “Another nail in the coffin for learning styles” – students did not benefit from studying according to their supposed learning style

Approximate Reading Time: 1 minute I am glad to see more evidence against this notion. It’s almost always a good idea to provide learning material […]

Worth Sharing: Serious Games Today

Approximate Reading Time: 1 minute A new resource well worth checking out! http://www.seriousgames.today Who Made This? This site was built by Digitalmill, Inc. Digitalmill is […]

YAY! Open Access ~~NOT~~

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes So, I’ve been an editor for a pay to publish journal. It actually wasn’t clear to me that they WERE […]

If you are a teacher, especially in Higher Ed, THIS IS IMPORTANT.

Approximate Reading Time: 5 minutesI’m not going to add anything to this post, as it deserves to stand on its own. I’ll comment in another […]

My 2¢ – Is It Ethical for Nutrition Scientists to Accept Industry Money?

Approximate Reading Time: 1 minuteSource: Is It Ethical for Nutrition Scientists to Accept Industry Money? Grant money should be blinded – ALL of it. Those […]

Contract Grading? Really?!

Approximate Reading Time: 3 minutesI’ve known about the concept of contract grading for some time, but have never really seriously considered it. Then I saw […]

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 […]

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