Mar 15 2013

An Important Message from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln: #YOLO

Gamification, hilarious YouTube videos and the best higher education blogs on Earth.

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McGraw-Hill is doubling down on gamification in higher education. They have created a game that puts students in the driver’s seat as a U.S. congressman. The multiplayer game challenges students to grow their political capital and get re-elected:

"Government in Action has helped me bring my American Government course to life by creating an engaging environment for students to explore the reality I'm teaching," said Professor Jason Seitz of Georgia Perimeter College. "Government in Action helps my students tie all of the concepts in my course together to develop a deeper understanding and knowledge of the subject. With an engaged classroom, I can spend less time transferring facts and more time exploring implications. Not only has Government in Action made studying American Government more enjoyable for my students, it has made teaching it more fun, too."

Read McGraw-Hill Education Enters Higher Education Gaming Market with Launch of McGraw-Hill Practice Line of Simulations at SXSWedu.

According to University of Nebraska–Lincoln Chancellor, #YOLO

Chancellor Harvey Perlman is releasing a series of humorous videos on YouTube, and they are hilarious. Students love them and this lighthearted campaign is gaining steam:

Since the series began, it’s received considerable local press attention. The videos have students talking as well, and most of the buzz is positive, if Twitter is any indication. “My chancellor’s cooler than your chancellor” reads one tweet from a Nebraska student. Another describes the video series as “funny as hell."

“I spent most of my night watching Perls of Knowledge instead of studying Econ” reads one Tweet, using an excuse format near and dear to many college students. “Yup. This is our chancellor. #Awesome,” reads one of the more succinct responses.

Read 'Perls' Before Cornhuskers and watch more videos here.

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