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by Carlos Guevara

Technology adoption in the education landscape could become challenging and hard to keep up with due to constant emerging technology trends.  As The Educause Learning Initiative and New Media Consortium point out on the 2013 Horizon Project report, digital media literacy’s importance will continue to rise in every discipline and profession; hence the need to focus on rethinking faculty training, as well as incorporating and rewarding new forms of scholarly work.

EdTech has been researching different approaches to enhance the innovation adoption process.  According to innovation adoption theories, successful technology adoption efforts must give equal consideration to cognitive, emotional, and contextual concerns  (Straub, 2009).  In this respect, EdTech is seeking to leverage the power of organizational culture levels to nurture a growing Innovator community of practice.

These elements are present in various facets, and are used as engaging factors to support the success of technology initiatives offered by EdTech.  The mentor-mentee approach, context-based technology trainings, EdTech Innovation Celebration, and Innovator Chase are some examples of the application of above-mentioned elements.

Gamification is the process of applying game elements and mechanics to an activity to help increasing engagement through the leveraging intrinsic and extrinsic motivations.  A Gartner Research report estimated that by 2015, more than 50 % of organizations that manage innovation processes will gamify those processes.

EdTech is piloting the “EdTech Innovator Chase,” a gamified activity that seeks to showcase the effort our faculty make to try new technologies and innovate their teaching practices.  This game also introduces the concept of “digital badges,” to recognize an accomplishment or level of proficiency.  A digital badge is an online representation of a skill you’ve earned or mastered.  These badges also trigger motivation for learning and achievement.

What the game’s about

Each semester we celebrate our campus EdTech Innovators– everyone who’s using technology to explore new pedagogical approaches. We applaud you for being the first, for developing best practices yourself (because maybe you’re doing something nobody else has). For the epic win, innovate in the most EdTech categories and (most importantly!) help your colleagues level up. The ultimate award will be yours.

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How to Win

Earn the most badges each semester. Level up your current badges.

Leader Board

Log into the Hostos Social Network (https://commons.hostos.cuny.edu) to see your current achievements (badges) in your Profile page.

Visit the Leader Board to see who’s in the lead.

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