In this episode of Board Gaming with Education, Dustin sits down and talks with Rob Alvarez from the podcast Professor Game. Dustin and Rob talk about how they practice gamification and game-based learning at IE Business school in Madrid, Spain. Rob is an expert, international speaker and advocate for the use of gamification in education. 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.
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Rob Alvarez- 1:55
Rob is an expert, international speaker and advocate for the use of gamification in education. 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 Business school he leads the Publication of interactive (gamified) learning experiences as well as the relations with other institutions regarding those experiences. There he also teaches subjects ranging from Decision Science to Gamification for Business.
The Root Beer Game- 3:52
Rob talks about a game that simulates a supply chain management system. You can learn more about the game on MIT News.
Gamification in Education- 7:16
Rob shares his story about how he went from wanting to work for Nintendo to now, working in Madrid, Spaid and working at IE Business School, using applying gamification in education, and hosting the podcast Professor Game.
Escape Room for Review- 10:31
Rob discusses the advantages of using an escape room to review before a final exam. He created an Avengers-themed escape room. He saw a lot of successes using this as a review framework instead of using a traditional study guide and mock exam. Students were motivated, engaged, and felt more at ease during the exam. Rob talks about some challenges as well. It took some time to prepare the escape room and he also learned some gameful elements in class may be better suited if they are not tied to grading.
Professor Game- 17:17
Rob discusses the origins of his podcast Professor Game. He brings on experts in the field of gamification and game-based learning to talk about various projects they are working on and the experiences they have had in the field. Professor Game is a weekly podcast where we interview successful practitioners of games, gamification and game thinking that will bring us the best of their experiences to get ideas, insights and will inspire us in the process of getting students or trainees to learn what we teach.
If you want to get involved with Rob’s community be sure to check out his email list on his website.
Robs talks about Amy Jo Kim’s upcoming master class. A class that applies game thinking to your company or product. Be sure to sign-up for Professor Game’s email list to learn more and get a special offer for the master class and some additional content.
Games from the Episode
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