Herwig Kopp

Founder, CEO, NORmALUM - Mixed Realities

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A system and it´s statistics may optimize the outcome, but not the goal

Game mechanics and user data statistics might help to put every detail of our "progress" in numbers, available to everybody, which may not just lead to an optimized accomplishment of tasks, quests or levels. It opens a door to micromanage and monitor every aspect of an educational process (might it be learning algebra or saving the world through game-managed collaboration) and fill it with more tasks or react to aberrations, which are solely defined by the system. So the system of interactions itself and it´s dynamics (rewards, chunks of information, videos etc.) is the filter and could be the starting point of the educational debate, not the optimization of any given tasks through a "neutral" technique...what you learn could be more important than how you learn...