A Fun and Different Course

How Gamification Transformed an Online U.S. History Survey

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.33043/TH.48.1.64-75

Keywords:

Autonomy, Choice, History Teaching, College Instruction

Abstract

This article examines how one instructor employs the principles of gamification in an introductory U.S. history survey. Through the use of a "choose your own grading adventure," which includes 350 assessment choices, the instructor has created a course where students exercise their autonomy and demonstrate their competency over course content. The article argues that gamifying an introductory college-level survey has many advantages for students. Most notably, the course's grading adventure motivates students to complete work in one of the more difficult course modalities -- an asynchronous online learning environment -- as evidenced by the high proportion of students who earn an A each semester.

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Published

2023-12-01

How to Cite

Babits, Chris. 2023. “A Fun and Different Course: How Gamification Transformed an Online U.S. History Survey”. Teaching History: A Journal of Methods 48 (1):64-75. https://doi.org/10.33043/TH.48.1.64-75.