CITL Events and Activities

Registration is open for a variety of of events and activities for Spring 2018.  Check out Academic Learning Communities and Professional Development Opportunities to learn more.  


Saturday, March 24, from 10am to 3pm in the Volpe Library, room 112

What is Gameful Learning?

Gameful learning is a new pedagogical approach that takes inspiration from the engagement we see in video games, and uses it to re-imagine what traditional learning environments could be like – particularly, what role students can play and how the design of assessment systems supports student engagement. Gameful learning is not about making school easy…or even fun, but about designing environments where students are encouraged to focus less on their final grade and more on the pathway to mastery.

To create this environment requires a rethinking of how grading works. Instead of an assessment system where everyone starts with 100%, where each new grade decreases a student’s class average (the current normative model for grading systems), to a 0-based, earn-up model, where each assessment increases the student’s cumulative points and represents his/her progress towards mastery. Then we build a series of optional assessment pathways so that students have autonomy over how to engage with course content.

The Gameful Learning workshop on March 24th will cover this and many more examples of how to rethink the way your students engage with the content of your class.

Dr. Rachel Niemer and Dr. Evan Straub of the University of Michigan will facilitate an interactive day of ideas and strategies for designing a course through a gameful approach.

Lunch will be provided. There is no fee associated with this event.

Register online now!


  • 10:00am-11:15am -  Overview of Gameful Learning and Motivation (with extensive Q&A)
  • 11:15am -12:30pm - Autonomy
  • 12:30pm - 12:45pm -  Lunch Provided
  • 12:45pm - 1:45pm - Belonging (during lunch) 
  • 2:00pm - 2:45pm - Competence
  • 2:45pm - 3:00pm - Wrap up and final thoughts