Dr. Joey J. Lee, Assistant Professor of Communication, Computing and Technology in Education, is the recipient of the 2013 Strage Junior Faculty Prize. Created in 2009, the prize supports the production of a short video to highlight outstanding work by the recipient from the previous calendar year that best reflects innovative thinking in educational research and education.
Lee’s design-based research projects seek to apply the principles of games to address some of the most important challenges of the 21st century, including the development of skills such as creativity, collaboration and problem-solving. He has created teaching games that challenge players to combat the dangers posed by climate change and create solutions to promote sustainability.
“There is an increasing interest in the concept of gamification, loosely defined as the application of game design concepts in non-game contexts,” Lee writes. “In the business world, gamification is primarily used as a way to increase customer engagement and loyalty. However, gamification has much to offer classrooms, where problems such as high school dropout rates and low test scores have been attributed to students’ lack of intrinsic motivation to learn. Gamification of the classroom can use active learning approaches to supplement traditional methods of classroom teaching, e.g., to help improve student motivation and engagement with learning.”
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