Michael Ratajczyk (Business) opened the first session of the second semester with a fascinating description of the game he created for his microeconomics class, Wealth of Nation Building. Using Google Sites, the game consists of five person teams with each team functioning as a specific nation faced with the challenge of developing wealth and preserving the health of its citizens. As Ratajczyk explains it, the game involves students in real-time problem solving and experiential learning. Along with the use of technology, the game provides for a collaborative work environment, as well as a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural, global component. Former students enjoy the game so much that they come back to help new students play the game in subsequent semesters.
For much more on Ratajczyk’s use of gamification and Google Sites watch the Tegrity video.