Monday, February 17, 2014

School of Education, School of Information collaboration wins EDUCAUSE competition

Tags: digital media and education, fishman, technology

GradeCraft, a project led by Barry Fishman, associate professor in the U-M School of Education and School of Information, and developed by a collaborative team representing both schools, was selected as a winner in the 2014 EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Horizon Report Video Competition.

Michigan's winning video describes GradeCraft, a game-inspired learning management system designed to increase student engagement and motivation by using a combination of game design strategies and learning analytics data to guide and inform both students and instructors. "Our goal with GradeCraft," says Fishman, "was to make it easier for instructors to accomplish ambitious and gameful instruction that supports learner autonomy, a sense of belonging, and developing competence."

The competition was sponsored by EDUCAUSE and the New Media Consortium and attracted 21 video submissions from 19 different institutions across the globe. Each submission detailed a project that applied one of six technologies outlined in the NMC Horizon Report 2014 Higher Education Edition to the fields of teaching, learning, and creative inquiry. Winners were chosen through an online voting process and announced on February 5 at the ELI Annual Meeting.

The GradeCraft project is also highlighted in the NMC Horizon Report 2014 Higher Education Edition as an example of learning analytics—the educational application of big data and statistical analysis—in use in higher education.

Barry J. Fishman is Professor, School of Information; Professor, School of Education

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