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Infographic: 5 Stages to Gamification

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Want to really engage with today’s learners? Here’s a step-by-step guide to gamifying your courses.


Having grown up in a digital world that’s replete with video games, augmented realities, virtual realities and social media platforms, millennials and newer generations of tech-natives are not only very familiar with game mechanics, they are hungry for gamification in their learning.

Gamification offers educators a wonderful opportunity to find new ways of motivating and engaging with their students.

Below is an infographic that lays out the five stages of course gamification.

Gamification In 5 Steps


The infographic is titled Gamification in 5 Stages and outlines a step-by-step guide to gamifying courses.

  • Stage one: know your learners. To make sure your gamified course meets your learners’ needs, first analyze their player types.
  • Stage two: select game mechanics. Certain mechanics, like badges and leaderboards, align better with certain player types. Some mechanics appeal to more than one player type.
  • Stage three: design a game plan. Consider how your mechanics will work and how often learners will encounter them. Badges are best used to engage learners who are extrinsically motivated.
  • Stage four: create gamified content. Be creative and put your mechanics to work. Non-player character avatars (NPCs) are a great way to advance your narrative.
  • Stage five: play the game. It takes time and even a little trial and error to create a great gamified experience, but these five simple steps are fundamental guidelines towards which all gamification effort should be built.

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Jon Paul
Jon Paul

Jon Paul is a content marketing manager at D2L. He’s into writing, creativity, content, advertising, marketing, tech, comics, video games, film, TV, time and space travel.

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