Octalysis – complete Gamification framework

This post is a high-level introduction to Octalysis, the Gamification Framework I created after more than 10 years of Gamification research and study. Within a year of publication, Octalysis was organically translated into 9 languages and became required literature in Gamfication instruction worldwide.

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Adventures @ FITology | #5 – The Game of Families | Alternate Reality Game

This continuing series is contributed by Saamir Gupta, who is a member of the OctalysisPrime community.

Family members are the first friends that we make, our first social interaction with the world. And family is not just the parents and siblings but grandparents both maternal and paternal and their brothers and sisters and their families. In Eastern Civilizations, for a long time, we have had the culture of living together in what we called the joint families. Now, thanks to the rapidly evolving technologies that are bringing the world closer, people prefer nuclear families. But most of us do relish those special times we get to meet our extended family members – be it on special occasions or casual encounters.

Because compassion and empathy are true drivers of happiness, and we naturally have very strong compassion and empathy towards our family members, it was a sweet spot for us to place our health and wellness game.

The objective – as always – make individuals aware about their health and wellness journey and help them make substantial progress. Disguise – fun game with extended family members living nearby or far off.

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Food Heroes Octalysis Design Challenge

It’s finally here! The 2017 Octalysis Gamification Design Challenge – Food Heroes!

Many challenges are reserved for Octalysis Prime members only, but this challenge is open to the public since we want to maximize our impact on social good.

 

The design challenge will be about Food Heroes, motivating kids in China to eat healthily and sustainably. The Octalysis Group has already designed an engaging 7 Week Kindergarten program to engage the kids.

However, Food Heroes needs to figure out how to engage and train the teachers to run the 7 Week Program. They also need to create a follow-on online subscription box to make sure the kids are still eating healthily and engaged with the brand for the next 12 months.

Your job as a Octalysis Gamification Designer is to either (1) Help them create a gamified training program for the teachers, or (2) Design the 12 Month Subscription Box that the parents will order for their kids and play as a family.

Prizes for Winning

Option 1: Four Days of Food Heroes in China

JUCCCE will pay for economy class, non-refundable, non-changeable ticket to Shanghai and work with the JUCCCE team to see the Food Hero Program in action and eat the food. JUCCCE will sponsor 5 nights of housing for this visit.

Option 2: Spend a day with Yu-kai Chou in California

JUCCCE will pay for economy class, non-refundable, non-changeable ticket to California to hangout with Yu-kai for a day. The winner can shadow Yu-kai on his work and discuss anything interesting. Two nights of lodging will be provided in California by Yu-kai Chou in either Fremont or Milpitas.

Other Finalist Prizes

Gain exposure and bragging status in the Octalysis/Gamification community
-Finalists will receive a Level II Octalysis Certificate by The Octalysis Group
Immortalize your design by becoming a standard Octalysis Prime design case study (through video conferencing with Yu-kai Chou)
-Potential qualification to interview Octalysis Group for Consulting Career

Please Submit your work and design to Erik@ChouForce.com by December 20, 2017.

Look forward to discover the next Octalysis Gamification Master in the community and change the sustainable future of our next generation!

Adventures @ FITology | #4 – Get Fit February | Alternate Reality Game

This post is contributed by Saamir Gupta of FITology.

In most of the metropolitan cities, we have people from different cities, states and countries come and work. They all mostly settle in high rise societies but seldom get a chance to develop a strong sense of community. Different families living in the same high-rise apartments, might recognize each other and say hi! whenever they bump into each other, but that is mostly it. Every family has it’s own daily schedule and people mostly have a social circle from work or relations – there are very few avenues to make friends with your neighborhood.

This is exactly what we wanted to address – We wanted to bring these families closer. We wanted to help them on their health and wellness journey as well. And by the families of a residential society we mean over 500 apartments, all age groups (from new born to 80+ young men and women), all kinds of work profiles, all cultures and races. It is a massive mix of participants. How to solve for it, all at the same time?

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Interactive Learning Content at Professor Game

This blog post is contributed by Rob Alvarez, creator of Professor Game.

During my work at IE Business School Publishing, we regularly create interactive learning content. We have our own processes and ways of doing things, but today I want to talk about ways I’ve used of Octalysis to improve my designs. First, let me clarify that when I say design I’m specifically referring to learning experience design and gamification design.

As with any project, we have an ideation phase, where we come up with ideas on what to do and how to take the learning experience and results to the next level. During this phase, I’ve seen a significant improvement since I’ve been studying Octalysis and drawing from its ideas for projects. I’m not changing the whole internal process that we follow in our department, but rather using many of the things I’ve learned. As you might know, the Octalysis Strategy Dashboard offers five critical elements:

  1. Business Metrics, leading to Game Objectives
  2. Users, leading to Players
  3. Desired actions, leading to Win-States
  4. Feedback Mechanics, leading to Triggers
  5. Incentives, leading to Rewards

If you want more information on these, go to Yu-kai’s post on this topic, or, if you want to go deeper, read Actionable Gamification by the same author.

After completing the dashboard mentioned above for a project, Octalysis moves into the ideation phase. This is where the 8 core drives come in especially handy, and where I’ve found a lot of value in coming up with new ideas and balancing out the different motivations for our students. Often, you will see that towards the end of any regular ideation phase for the creation of a learning experience, even if you don’t follow the previous process it can be very useful to analyze your conclusions using the Octalysis lens, to figure out what core drives your idea is tapping more into. You might also want to reflect upon whether you also want to include other drives you might want to reinforce. It’s also useful to even take a step back and, if you haven’t taken a look at your user with the dashboard, to think about that person now, what are the main motivational drives present in this type of person and if you are using elements that tap into those main drives.

The more I use loose ideas from Octalysis, the more I realize how well they tie in together and how useful it can be to go through all the steps and phases. My daily work and discoveries in gamification have led me to get to know world-leading gamification gurus like Yu-kai Chou and other experts from around the world. All that I’ve learned and found useful led me on a journey to look for the best way to share my regular discoveries and applications of gamification in education with others. That’s how I’ve arrived to a new project, the creation of the Professor Game Podcast where I interview experts and practitioners to inspire teachers and professors to make their jobs even more amazing! If you want more information, look for it on iTunes or Stitcher, or go to professorgame.com.

Rob Alvarez Bucholska

@RobAlvarezB

This blog post is contributed by Rob Alvarez, creator of Professor Game.

Adventures @ FITology | #3 – Fit Team Challenge | Alternate Reality Game

This post was written by Saamir Gupta.

The topmost concern of multinational consulting organizations these days is keeping the employees happy. How to keep a track of employee engagement when teams are spread across the world? How to make sure that employees know other team mates when they are constantly traveling for work or are on another project site? How to root in the sense of work life balance and healthy living with crazy 12-14 hours of work every day?

We designed Fit Team Challenge to attempt an answer to all these questions. We invited participations from a global team of about 150 consulting professionals – part of the same company. These professionals were spread across the world, from remotest towns of south India to biggest metropolitan cities (New York, Sydney) – pretty much across all time zones.

The goal of the competition, besides the coveted title of the fittest team, was for everyone to get into the lifestyle of fitness.

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