I pay close attention to a googlegroup focused on Open Badges (started by a project group at Mozilla Foundation). In the past week, a post there by Kots to a particular discussion topic caught my eye:
I've been coming across the word "gamification".
I think this is becoming a very very popular trend!
But alas, I would be so so happy to see these "games" offered to...
well...lost 21 year old souls such as myself. There are so many perks for K-12 'students'
and so many badge opportunities. I grew up playing games, loved them, always will be a gamer.
I wish all this was happening when I was dragging my feet through high school, all I recall there
being as a form of hope was that running start crap and construction apprenticeships!
If you could design some games that would grant 'non-students' some educational perks then,
Nushio, you are my hero and I love you!!!!
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