On 7-12 July 2018, the Humanitarian Leadership Academy, in partnership with the International Training Center of the International Labour Organization (ITC-ILO) and the Access to Information in Bangladesh (a2i) programme, organised a five-day innovation and gamification workshop in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

25 teachers with ICT expertise from all over the country were invited to take part in the workshop, which included face-to-face sessions on innovation and learning, the fundamentals of gamification, serious games and game design. No prior knowledge in gamification or game-based learning was required to attend the workshop.

 

Through a co-creation methodology and design thinking steps of empathizing, defining, ideating, prototyping and testing, participants had the opportunity to develop games to respond to learning and training needs faced by their communities.

Activities also included tutorials on how to use virtual reality devices, which one participant described as having the potential “to give a new dimension to the digital education system in Bangladesh”.

 Language barrier didn’t appear to be a problem as participants were able to express themselves both in English and Bangla, with translation from Bangladesh Academy staff available when necessary.

Participants produced five game prototypes, including one that features localised content and was created in Bangla. All the games are now available on the Gamoteca marketplace and will also be accessible via the Academy’s online learning platform Kaya.

The overall feedback of the workshop was very positive, with many teachers already thinking about putting what they’ve learnt into practice in their classrooms.

“I will think about what I have learnt during the workshop and share it in my college.” – Joydip Dey, Govt. Teachers’ Training College, Dhaka

“My goal is to make the education environment more enjoyable and fruitful. Gamification will be helpful to me. I have to enrich my ICT skills, add more game elements and make better games.” – Sahida Rahman, Uttar Sonakhali Nesariya Govt. Primary School

 “I will discuss with my colleagues how to implement the training techniques I learnt during the workshop and make plans on how to gamify our sessions.” – Mushfiqur Rahman Sohag, Primary Training Institute, Tangail

Take a look at some of the game prototypes the teachers created

Be a global citizen

This game presents the tools available to facilitating the learning process to be a global citizen.

Digital King of the ICT Kingdom

The game designs a journey for players to become more computer literate.

We

This game reveals and challenges gender stereotypes.

Tomorrow's trainer

The game gives instructional information on a trainer’s mindset.

Ara's journey

The game aims to remove barriers and engage more students in learning sciences.

This Gamification workshop is part of a series of workshops being delivered by the Humanitarian Leadership Academy in partnership with the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization across Academy centres around the world.  Each Gamification workshop looks at local learning needs which can be captured by local communities and then be turned into learning solutions through the application of design-thinking methodology and gamification technologies.

We would like to thank Faysal Ahmed, Hasina Zaman and Alessia Messuti who kindly shared their stories and helped write this article.

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