Gamification and game-based learning are concepts that have taken the education world by storm. Gamification, in particular, has already been heavily adopted in marketing strategies in industries, such as business, health, and now education to promote motivation and engagement. If you have ever used Facebook, LinkedIn, Yelp, Google Maps, or Four Square, you have likely already engaged in some form of gamification.

When it comes to learning, however, when should we gamify our classrooms and is gamification all it is cracked up to be? In fact, what is gamification, and why is there so much buzz about it?

If you are still confused about gamification and are curious to see how you can apply it to attain effective instruction and student collaboration, you’ve come to the right place. We have highlighted and answered some of the biggest questions about gamification, and look forward to reading your thoughts in the comments!