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Gamification combines game design and psychology principles to motivate people in non-game contexts. Loyalty programs, fitness trackers, and even homework and test scoring use aspects of gamification to engage individuals. Learn more with courses on edX.
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What is gamification?

Games are designed with a number of elements in mind. These include the use of points or scoring systems that may be tied into specific challenges and achievements. A reward-based incentive system keeps players engaged, and that engagement is maintained through a progressive style of gameplay.

Many businesses and industries use principles of game design to achieve specific goals. This is referred to as gamification, and it has the potential to increase user loyalty, boost motivation, and drive behaviors. By tapping into natural human inclinations toward play and competition, gamification can make activities like learning and making healthy choices more fun.

If you enjoy learning about human psychology and want to apply principles of gamification in your work, edX courses can help you get started. Explore online classes that can help you better understand game thinking.

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Gamification course curriculum

Learning about game design fundamentals is a great place to start if you’re interested in gamification principles. You might start with a course that covers concepts like game mechanics, dynamics, and aesthetics to understand how games create engagement and motivation.

Gamification also uses aspects of psychology and behavior, user experience (UX) and user interface (UI) design, and behavioral economics. Some programs may offer a comprehensive curriculum that covers these topics, or some learners may choose to take specialized courses that align with their particular interests and goals.

edX offers online courses that allow learners to study a variety of topics including gamification, game design, and much more. ‌Sign up for an accelerated boot camp or enroll in a full degree program and start working toward a bachelor's degree or (for more advanced learners) a master’s degree in a relevant subject. You can also explore executive education programs specifically designed for busy professionals.

Explore jobs that use gamification

Game mechanics has a vast array of applications, allowing professionals across most industries to use their gamification knowledge in various settings. Here are just a few of the jobs that can benefit from a strong understanding of gamification:

  • Game developer: Creates video games, mobile apps, and other interactive experiences that require a deep understanding of game mechanics and player engagement.Footnote 1

  • Elementary school educator: Can use gamification techniques to make learning more engaging and effective, enhancing the overall learning experience.Footnote 2

  • Marketer: Can integrate gamification strategies into campaigns to increase customer engagement and brand loyalty.Footnote 3

  • Project manager: Can use gamification to enhance collaboration, motivate teams, track progress, and achieve project goals.Footnote 4

  • Financial advisor: Can use gamification to engage clients in the investment process by allowing them to track their financial goals and make more informed decisions.Footnote 5

Each of these roles will have different education and skills requirements. For example, you may be able to build relevant skills in a coding boot camp. However, some employers may seek candidates with a degree in education or marketing, depending on the role. Before deciding on a specific learning path, research the positions you hope to pursue and align your coursework with your career goals.