EDUC 646 Using Games for Learning and Assessment

Online Course 1 semester hour graduate credit
Not offered Summer or Fall 2018

Get your game on and gamify learning!

You Will Learn

  • Integration of interactive games and simulations with your curriculum
  • Implications for effective assessment
  • Use of games to support collaboration, problem-solving, decision-making
  • How games increase motivation and engagement including benefits and drawbacks
  • How quests and incentives such as badges support the inquiry process
  • The core tenants of game-based learning

(This course does not teach game design or use game design software.)

This course is an approved elective in the Master of Science in Education online degree program.

You may enroll in this course to meet your goals for

  • professional development
  • continuing education refresher course
  • license renewal
  • graduate credits
  • transfer to another university.

Who Should Enroll

Our students include educators and trainers interested in experiencing game-based learning and assessment.

  • K-12 teachers (blended classrooms and virtual schools)
  • Technical and community college instructors (adjunct and full-time)
  • College and university professors (adjunct and full-time)
  • Instructional designers or curriculum developers in any setting
  • Clinical healthcare educators involved in patient education, healthcare education, continuing education or in-service education, community health education, or academic healthcare education
  • Trainers in corporations, professional associations, nonprofit organizations, government, and military
  • Curriculum consultants, professional development coordinators, and distance education and continuing education leaders


Marczewski, Andrzej. Even Ninja Monkeys Like to Play: Gamification, Game Thinking & Motivational Design (2016), Blurb.
ISBN: 978-1364955526

Additional web-based readings and media will be available within the course.

No travel to campus required.

  • Participate 24/7 from your home or work computer during hours that are best for your work and family schedule.
  • This is a self-paced class.

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Our Students Say...

"The knowledge and tools I gained from UW Stout's "Games for Learning" course allowed me to implement a unique learning experience for my biology students involving cell parts and functions.

It was motivating for my students to achieve the learning objectives as well as improving their test scores compared to years past!"
~ Ryan Brunswick, Richmond, Illinois

"In the Games for Learning and Assessment course I was surprised at how much incentive the badges provided. 

It was fun to play, to achieve a 'level up', and to be communicating and discussing what you were learning at the same time. I can see this kind of a course working for all age groups, especially 'babyboomers' like myself who thought online games were a waste of time.
~ Rick Gauger, Knapp, Wisconsin

"I am really enjoying the questing and badge earning course format. 

There are plenty of opportunities to collaborate and be social, but the individualized path that the learner can navigate and personal freedom of following interests through the course make this the best of both worlds.
~ Daniel Ritacco, Oakdale Minnesota

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Email: Online Professional Development
Phone: 715-232-2693



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