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Delphinium has created not only an intrinsic motivation for students but it creates a second communication method of grades by visually showing students where they are, where they should be and how they compare to others. Students appreciate this immensely.
With Delphinium, students always know how they are progressing through the course. It also includes convenient features to customize messages to students—even when you send them in mass. My students are very positive about Delphinium!
Delphinium makes my on-line courses much more interactive. Students feel they are getting constant personal attention and feedback. The messaging app and grade visualization tools are big time savers!
I was driven to do my best because I could see my points build up in the achievement bar [and] I could see other students' progress as well. I was able to have fun competing while still learning the key concepts of the course. This class allowed me to work at my own pace. Because I did not feel rushed to keep up or irritated because the course moved too slowly, I was able to focus on specific assignments with all of my efforts.
I noticed myself actually applying myself to the assignments and investing more time into each section compared to the traditional classroom. I would notice how close I was to reaching a new section on the meter or a new grade, so I would shoot for that and call it a day. Then I noticed how close I was to the next section, so I would keep going, and so on and so forth. Every aspect of gamification kept me engaged and wanting to do my best.
I finished the entire course halfway through the semester... I was actually motivated and excited to do the assignments, quizzes, and even exams (crazy I know). My motivation and excitement came because I was 100% in control of the finish line and that gave me the power to pave my own path. Rather than looking at tasks with dread, I viewed them with determination and that helped me to embrace the information and actually learn well.
I felt the rush of competition and the joy of a challenge. I had never gotten ahead or finished a class early until this one, and it was possible because of the fun I had "playing the game." I pushed myself to reach the highest grade possible. The ability to see everyone else's score (without knowing who was who) in the class also was a big motivation... I wanted to beat them. The competition and the game aspect to this course really pushed me to work hard and fast, being as efficient as possible to get all the points I possibly could.
I personally loved the gamification system because it provided me an incentive to work throughout the semester. I loved how you started with 0% and based upon the quality of your work you decided what grade you truly got. I was able to work at my own pace which proved extremely beneficial to me.
Instead of just aiming for the bare minimum to get an "A" grade in the course (like I typically do), I completed every assignment and did my best on every single test, as I was motivated to finish the class with the highest score possible. The competitive aspect of [Delphinium] brought out the best in me. The "choose-your-own-adventure" set up of assignments was also fun and allowed me to skip around when I would start to lose interest or focus on a particular topic.
This course was completely unlike anything I'd done before. The gamification model allowed me to see where I was in comparison to my peers. This kicked in my competitive spirit. I was able to complete the course a month early, which was really helpful during finals week. I wish all of my online courses were in this gamification format.