CONTENT + SKILLS GAINED

WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT

Gamification is the use of game mechanics in non gaming environments, whereas game theory is the economic modeling of how humans act in economic ways. Combined they form a powerful toolset of cognitive and social understanding to support the leveling-up of your experience design and change-making game. Learn how to use gamification in experience design, using the mechanics and motivators that support engaging people in delightful and fun ways.

WHAT YOU WILL UNCOVER IN THIS COURSE

  • Develop an understanding of gamification and game theory in action, as well as an ability to dissect and reorient game mechanics and mechanisms within real world environments.

  • Explore what motivates your actions in the world, and use these new insights to employ tactics and tools that stimulate change.

  • Uncover the interconnectedness of experience design, social constructionism, motivators, and problem arenas - and how to use gamification systemically to stage creative interventions that leverage change.

  • Feel confident using gamification to design your own engaging experiences in the problem arena of your choice.

CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION

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Certificates are issued by the UnSchool (using third party certifier Accredible.com) upon successful and demonstrable completion of all course elements. Accredible uses bank-level encryption and blockchain logging to ensure legitimacy and verification, and offers easy to share credentials that you can receive as a downloadable PDF, share on LinkedIn and other digital platforms. Accredible also allows you to control your own data via their credential portal, accessible for free when you receive any certificates or badges.

Dr. Leyla Acaroglu

Instructor Bio:

Sustainability provocateur, award-winning designer, 2016 UNEP Champion of the Earth, and creative changemaker pioneer, Dr. Leyla Acaroglu challenges people to think differently about how the world works. As the founder of the UnSchool and creator of the Disruptive Design Method, Leyla weaves together her skills as a designer, sociologist, and social entrepreneur to create highly immersive educative experiences. She is a renowned international expert on systems thinking and sustainability, running workshops around the world and designing activating experiences, gamified toolkits, and unique educational experiences that help equip people with the tools to intervene and change systems to make the status quo obsolete. Sought after for her unique approach to activating positive social change by design, Leyla's main-stage TED talk on sustainability has been viewed over a million times, and she is the author of several handbooks, as well as an op ed contributor for major publications like the New York Times.

Dr. Leyla Acaroglu

UnSchool Founder + Global Change Maker

COURSE CONTENT

  • 01

    Welcome

  • 02

    Part 1: What is Gamification?

    • Read: What is Gamification?

    • Watch: What is Gamification?

    • Read: Elements of Gamification

    • Watch: Gamification and Points Systems

    • Read: 4 Ms of Gamifed Experience Design

    • Activity: How to Design a Game Worksheet

    • Knowledge Check: Gamification

  • 03

    Part 2: What is Game Theory?

    • Read: About Game Theory

    • Watch: Game Theory

    • Watch: History and Use of Game Theory

    • Read: Game Theory Game Examples

    • Read: Game Theory and Behavioral Economics

    • Activity: Personal Tactics

    • Knowledge Check: Game Theory

  • 04

    Part 3: Human Motivators and Experience Design

    • Read: Motivators & Experience Design

    • Watch: Human Motivators and Experience Design

    • Read: Experience Design

    • Read: Experiential Education Theories

    • Read: Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivators

    • Read: Flow State

    • Read: Emotions

    • Activity: Learning Motivators

    • Knowledge Check: Human Motivators and Experience Design

  • 05

    Part 4: The Mechanics and Mechanisms of Gamification

    • Read: Mechanics and Mechanisms

    • Watch: The Mechanics and Mechanisms of Gamification

    • Read: Game Mechanics

    • Watch: Quick Guide to Gamification

    • Knowledge Check: The Mechanics and Mechanisms of Gamification

  • 06

    Part 5: Designing Gamified Experiences

    • Read: Designing Gamified Experiences

    • Watch: Designing gamified experiences that activate change

    • Watch: Design Impactful Experiences

    • Read: Playtesting

    • Read: About Serious Games

    • Read: The Fun Theory

    • Knowledge Check: Designing gamified experiences that activate change

  • 07

    Conclusion

    • Tying It All Together

    • Gamification & Game Theory Course Final Reflections

    • Additional Resources and Links

    • A quick message from Leyla

  • 08

    Completion Certificate

    • Gamification & Game Theory Final Knowledge Check Quiz

    • Get your certificate of completion!

  • 09

    Next Steps

    • Learn More

WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT THE UNSCHOOL PROGRAMS

“I never truly understood the power of gamification before going to UnSchool, now I see that it can underpin all the elements required for social change to happen. I am hungry to learn more and put it into action.”

Esther Whitehead

“The Disruptive Design workshop far exceeded my expectations. The content has given me a practical way to delve into complex problems, exploring thinking far beyond my normal lines of inquiry, and to surface new areas for intervention and innovative ways of designing those interventions. Everyone who is tackling systems should learn this.”

Catriona McLagan

“As someone operating in the nonprofit sphere, it was refreshing to branch out and learn a new way of thinking. I’m going to take this new learning to become an agent of cultural change in my circles.”

Michael Paone

GAMIFICATION & GAME THEORY COURSE

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THE

In this course, we unpack the ways in which humans use strategies and play to maximize the effectiveness of their experiences in the world. We discover how we can design cerebrally activating experiences that ignite the curiosity that activates change. We dive into the fascinating world of motivators and mechanics. There is a strong focus on exploring our own motivators and thus, being able to apply these to the things we design. 

We will also be taking a look at the bigger picture of games and gamification and the ways in which they can be used to affect change by exploring intrinsic motivators such as pleasure, success, reward, competition, and challenge. You will learn how to dissect and adapt the mechanics of successful gamified experiences and tap into the secret processes of designing cerebrally stimulating games that can be utilized to enhance social and behavioral change. 

We combine Gamification and Game Theory to get a robust view of human motivations and develop techniques and tactics for curating experiences, services, and products that can reorient the way people see and experience the world. It's a little complex, but incredibly fascinating! Our approach to Gamification and Game Theory is not only about how we can use these approaches to make change in the world around us, but also how we can discover how we are motivated and influenced by the choices and actions of others.  

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