I am experimenting with gamification in the classroom. As a teacher of Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound, I was unsure of how to implement this initially. Our professor Dr. Leigh Zeitz introduced our Digital and Social Media class to Chore Wars. As Chore Wars can easily be customized, I chose this format to experiment with.
This week in the Land of Sono-Wars!
The objective of Sono-Wars is to develop and reward positive behaviors of junior sonography students that will increase their chances of success when that student enters their clinical site. Students are rewarded for coming in and scanning on their own, volunteering for another student to be their patient, accomplishing various scanning goals, housekeeping and equipment upkeep and some academic related tasks such as studying or attending a tutoring session.
The game also has rewards, gold pieces, and monsters. I created the Monsters to be something that a sonographer hates to encounter in the real clinical setting. A Grumpy patient, a very large patient, and various pathology. In the following Carotid Ultrasound example, the monsters are an aneurysm, plaque, stenosis, tortuous vessels and aliasing. These are all things that can make a Carotid ultrasound difficult to perform.
STUDENT FEEDBACK: I trialed the game for the last 2 weeks of this semester. Initially it took off slow but all 5 students were participating at the end. I received the following feedback:
*All 5 students are interested in playing it for a full semester.
*They would like to have a weekly winner
*They would like to know the prizes up front
*They would like reward for leveling up
*They would like to have the potential to earn extra credit.
We also discussed the possibility of adding components similar to what they will experience when they go into the clinical site to make the game even more valuable to them.
Other things I learned:
The actual ChoreWars template levels players up every 200 points. I will need to lower point values so students do not move up too fast. Their goal would be become a Sono Wizard by the end of the semester. Point values for scanning need to be higher than for studying or I need to remove those so that the focus is completely on scanning. I also need to go back in and stack treasures so that they can collect them to trade in for prizes.
I chose to upgrade to the Gold level ($10) as it is easier to keep track of scores. It also allows players to upload an image of their choosing and has the score board and monthly hall of fame.
My next steps will be to sit down with my director and decide on prizes and what we can or can’t do for extra credit. I also need to update the adventures for next semester.
Login to SonoWars
Create your character and select your avatar (you can also upload a custom picture if you would like)
Login daily to complete the adventures and earn points to level up from a Newbie with the goal of attaining the status of >>>>>>SONOWIZARD>>>>>>
**All of your adventures need to be completed in the Open Lab outside of regularly scheduled class.
Monitor your progress under the “Party Tab” and in the “Monthly Hall of Fame”
For every 200 points, you will move up a level in the game that matches one of the following:
Level 1 Sono Recruit Level 2 Sono Soldier
Level 3 Sono Colonel Level 4 Sono General
Level 5 Sono Knight Level 6 Sono Warrior
Level 7 Sono Sorcerer Level 8- SONOWIZARD
Prizes will be given for weekly, monthly and semester winners. (Prizes yet to be determined.)
Turn in 100 coins to earn a tasty treat in class
Collect 5 of the same treasure and trade in for 1 exam question hint or 1 extra credit point.
SCREENSHOTS OF THE GAME:
Adventures: Points were awarded for coming into the open lab to practice outside of the regular lab time.
Points were awarded for various housekeeping tasks in the lab.
Points were awarded for academic accomplishments related to scanning.