Gamify your students' learning with LEARN (CTE7520)Export this event to calendar

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 — 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST

Facilitators: Kyle Scholz (Centre for Teaching Excellence) and Jason Thompson (Centre for Teaching Excellence)


Gamification, or game-based learning, is often understood as the implementation of game-based practices into a learning environment to motivate and engage learners. Elements such as badges, the accumulation of points, an overarching course narrative, and others, are meant to build and sustain engagement when implemented in a thoughtful manner. While much of this can be done in the classroom, there exists great potential in implementing gamification elements into the online course environment.

This workshop consists of two parts. Part one involves watching a short screencast and completing a few online activities before attending part two of this workshop in-person, where we will then work extensively with UW’s Learning Management System, LEARN, to discover how to embed gamification elements into your LEARN site. There are many features within LEARN that can be employed in conjunction with one another to create a gamified learning environment. By participating in this workshop, you will have the opportunity to learn about these features of LEARN, and then working within your LEARN course, implement these tools and consider their effect on student learning and engagement.


Registration is required. CTE has a new registration system called GoSignMeUp. Before you can register for a workshop, you need to create an account (one time only). Once you've created an account, you can register for this workshop.


Many of our workshops have waiting lists, so if you've registered but can't attend, please cancel your registration well in advance through the registration system, so that someone else can fill your spot.


The University of Waterloo is committed to achieving barrier-free accessibility for persons with disabilities who are studying, working, or visiting at Waterloo. If you have questions concerning access, such as parking, building layouts, or obtaining information in alternative formats, or wish to request accommodations for a CTE workshop or event, please contact CTE via email ( or phone (ext. 33857) and include the session’s title and date. Our workshops typically involve a mix of presentation and discussion-based activities, and we encourage a scent-free environment. We also welcome accompanying assistants, interpreters, or note-takers; notify us if accommodations are needed in this regard. Please note that some accommodations may require time to arrange.

MC - Mathematics & Computer Building
Room 2036
200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1