Can you make your grad life more fun?

(source: technorati.com)

The topic today is not about taking a break of your grad life activities and going out to have some fun and forget about your frustrations. Today the topic is ‘gamification‘, which is a kind of a buzzword that gained in popularity during this past year.

While a whole industry is developing around the concept (which is not new, by the way: just think of how long you’ve been doing things like accumulating miles from your favourite airline and/or credit card), I have developed an interest on the topic in three ways: as a research subject, as a way to engage students in class, and – more personally – as a way to make my own grad life more fun.

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