Pokémon and Gamified Learning

I recently had a conversation about something I hadn’t thought about for a long time. Pokémon. And it dawned upon me that the franchise is a surprisingly good metaphor for gamified learning. For those who aren’t familiar with them, Pokémon are fictional creatures. The people who catch, tame, and teach them to do battle are called trainers. The successful ones win badges. Sound familiar? The different types of Pokémon even have different traits, like learners do in real life.

From here onward let’s think like Pokémon trainers. Our Pokémon are our learners and they want to be the very best at what they do. It’s our job to help them make that a reality. Let’s see what we have in our training toolbox.

Target Learner Analysis (Choosing Your Pokémon Team)

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