|A course is starting this week on Coursera about an emerging trend called “Gamification”, not to be confused with serious games. It consists in adapting the context of video games to business. So far my experience on Gamification boils down to the Jenkins leader board (you earn points for every successful commits and you lose them when the build becomes unstable). Of course, we can go much further in this concept, for example introducing achievements (medals) like on Foursquare… To learn more, I invite you to enroll in this course like I did.|
A few words about Coursera. This e-learning platform has been launched almost 1 year ago (current April 2012) and offers open and free online courses. You may be familiar with MMOG (Massive Multiplayer Online Game), in our case we are talking about MMOC (Massive Open Online Course). Courses are taught by professors from prestigious universities (Stanford, University of Michigan, Princeton …). The platform covers various topics and is not limited to Computer Sciences. The catalog also includes courses in engineering, humanities, medicine, biology, social sciences, mathematics and business. The format is usually the same with videos to watch, intermediate question forms and a final exam. After completed a course, candidates usually receive a certificate of completion.