Otago Polytechnic

Our lecturers are finding innovative ways of keeping their students engaged during the lockdown period.

Senior Business Lecturer Lorraine Skelton has started using gamification as part of her online teaching. Gamification uses elements of game playing, such as competition, to enhance engagement.

She’s been using applications such as Karma, which has a leader board where students get tokens for achieving goals, and showing good teamwork and communication. She says the Karma app has quite an industry following.

Lorraine’s also put her students into groups within Microsoft Teams, which complete against each other. Three teams are currently in the running for the top spot and a prize.

She hopes the gamification approach will help students become more technology savvy, which will be important for their future careers.


Published on 17 Apr 2020

Orderdate: 17 Apr 2020
Expiry: 17 Apr 2022