Dr. Vita Kogan (University of Kent, UK)
A talk for the ↗︎ Virtual Laboratory
July 9, 2020, 17:00–18:30
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With the current prevalence of online education, situations in which hundreds of students join a session simultaneously with little opportunity to interact with the material and/or the lecturer are becoming more common. To help students stay motivated and engaged, teachers have begun experimenting with fundamental principles of gaming – a recent approach that has precipitated the general term gamification of learning. However, not all such attempts have proven successful. This talk introduces the principles of gamification that, based on the individual speaker's experience, have transformative potential in the classroom and can improve students’ motivation and academic performance. We will also discuss the cognitive underpinnings behind these principles and possible obstacles encountered on the way to implementing them in academic settings.
Vita Kogan is a lecturer of Linguistics at the ↗︎ University of Kent, UK. She previously served on the faculty at the Defense Language Institute, USA, and the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, USA. ↗︎ Her research concerns the cognitive mechanisms of second language acquisition and what polyglots are made of. Vita is also an author of the language-learning board games ↗︎ LinguaPolis New York and ↗︎ LinguaPolis Moscow.
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