University of Indiana professor switches out grades for XP

By Stephany Nunneley, Thursday, 18 March 2010 21:47 GMT


Assistant Telecommunications Professor at the University of Indiana, Lee Sheldon, has decided to switch out the traditional grading program in his two classes, and has replaced it with experience points.

Turns out, these two classes are in game design, but Sheldon thinks the scheme would work well throughout the rest of the school, and in employment as well.

“We are teaching the gamer, social networking generation,” he told IT News. “I have no doubt the students will respond positively to any number of non-game-related classes taught in a similar manner.”

Sheldon, himself a gamer, said that the new system was met with “far greater enthusiasm” by students than the more traditional method, adding that gamers are “willing and eager to apply the culture and learning-techniques they bring with them from games” into the workforce and classroom.

Thanks, GamePolitics.

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