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EduGamer of the Week: Rob Alvarez – Professor Game

As we grow as a community we want to highlight members of the Board Gaming with Education community.

If you would like to be considered as an “Edugamer of the Week,” you can fill out the Google Form here. If you would like to nominate someone as “Edugamer of the Week,” you can send an email to podcast@boardgamingwitheducation and include the name of the person, how we can contact them, and why you want to nominate them.

I want to thank Rob for being a great advocate for game-based learning and gamification. It has been really amazing to watch his community and audience grow with the Professor Game Podcast. I look forward to hearing about and engaging with his future podcast discussions.

Listen to his appearance on the Board Gaming with Education podcast: https://www.boardgamingwitheducation.com/gamification-with-professor-game/

About Rob Alvarez – Professor Game

Rob is an expert, international speaker and advocate for the use of gamification, especially in education and learning. He is the host of Professor Game podcast and works and teaches at IE Business School, ranked #1 and #2 by the Financial Times (among others) for its Global MBA over the past five years.

At Professor Game he interviews successful practitioners of games, gamification and game thinking that bring the best of their experiences to get ideas, insights and inspiration to make learning experiences meaningful. At IE University he is Associate Director of IE Publishing and High Impact Online Programs, where he leads the publication of paper-based and interactive learning materials as well as the management of the relations with other schools, universities and firms. The materials include tutorials, management simulations, interactive case studies and gamified learning experiences. There he also teaches subjects ranging from Decision Science to Gamification.

Get in touch!

Email list: https://www.professorgame.com/subscribe/

Instagram/Twitter: @RobAlvarezB

What are your current favorite top five games?

In no particular order…

  1. Pandemic
  2. Marvel’s Spider-Man (PS4 videogame)
  3. Azul
  4. The Last of Us (videogame)
  5. Almost any Mario Bros title

What advice do you have for someone who would like to incorporate gaming elements in their learning environment?

Try it out and remember that this is meant to be an iterative process, it is most likely (and definitely ok) to not get it right the first time, so playtest, improve and playtest again so you can get better every time, which leads to one of the best-known secrets: practice approaches you to perfect!

Fun Question: What was the first profession you wanted to get into?

When I got my first console, the original Nintendo (NES), I started to get the Nintendo Magazine every time it was possible. I immediately decided I was going to work there. How could it get any better? Being a pessimist, the people who wrote the articles spent only… 60% of their working time playing the games they talked about? Grew up to be serious after that of course. I managed to get back into the surroundings with gamification and game-based solutions though!

Is there a current project or anything you are working on that you would like others to check out?

Absolutely! Professor Game (professorgame.com) is a passion project where I talk to fantastic experts (like Dustin Staats) on a podcast, deliver workshops and talks on gamification and game-based solutions around the world and hopefully much more to come!

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