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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.
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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.

  • Dr. Leyla Acaroglu

    Instructor Bio:

    Sustainability provocateur, award-winning designer, 2016 UNEP Champion of the Earth, and creative channg-maker prioneer, 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 togetehr her skills as a deisgner, sociologist, and entrepreneur, to create highly imersive educative experiences. She is a sought after international expert on systems change and sustainabaility, running workshops around the world and designing activating experiences, gamified toolkits, and unique educational experiences that help equip people to intervene in systems to make the status quo obsolete. Her mainstage TED talk on sustainability has been viewed over a million times, and she leads presentations around the world on activating positive social change through creative interventions.

    Dr. Leyla Acaroglu

    UnSchool Founder + Global Change Maker

    Dr. Leyla Acaroglu

COURSE CONTENT

  • 01
    Welcome
    Show Content
    • Welcome Message from Leyla
    • Welcome to the Gamification and Game Theory Course
    • Brain warm-up
    • A quick note before you start
  • 02
    Part 1: What is Gamification?
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    • Introduction and Core Concepts
    • Video: What is Gamification?
    • Knowledge Check: Gamification
    • Learning Action: Gamification
    • Reflection
    • Feedback: Gamification
  • 03
    Part 2: What is Game Theory?
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    • About Game Theory
    • Video: Game Theory
    • Knowledge Check: Game Theory
    • Learning Action: Tactics & Tools
    • Reflection
    • Feedback: Game Theory
    • Additional Resources
  • 04
    Part 3: Human Motivators and Experience Design
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    • About Motivators & Experience Design
    • Video: Human Motivators and Experience Design
    • Knowledge Check: Human Motivators and Experience Design
    • Learning Action: Personal Motivators
    • Reflection
    • Additional Resources
  • 05
    Part 4: The Mechanics and Mechanisms of Gamification
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    • About Mechanics & Mechanisms
    • Video: The Mechanics and Mechanisms of Gamification
    • Knowledge Check: The Mechanics and Mechanisms of Gamification
    • Learning Action: Mechanics
    • Reflection
    • Feedback
  • 06
    Part 5: Designing Gamified Experiences
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    • About Designing Gamified Experiences
    • Video: Designing gamified experiences that activate change
    • Knowledge Check: Designing gamified experiences that activate change
    • Reflection
    • Feedback
  • 07
    Course Synthesis - Tying It All Together!
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    • Tying It All Together
    • Gamification & Game Theory Final Knowledge Check
    • Gamification & Game Theory Course Final Reflections
    • Gamification & Game Theory Course Final Feedback
    • Additional Resources
    • A quick message from Leyla

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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