Discussion Hero: Saving Students from Boring Discussions

Wednesday, October 16 | 1:15PM–2:15PM CT | Board 902, Poster Area, Halls F1, F2, Level 3
Session Type: Poster Session
Delivery Format: Poster Session
Discussion boards in online courses can be hit or miss, even when instructors design carefully worded prompts. As a result, learning designers at Northwestern University explored various ways to improve discussion boards. The result is Discussion Hero, a gamified discussion board that focuses on the debate aspects of discussion boards.

Outcomes: Define the difference between gamification and game-based learning * Identify elements of your courses that might benefit from gamification * Brainstorm ways Discussion Hero can be used in your courses


  • Jacob Collins

    Senior Software Developer, Northwestern University
  • Jacob Martinez

    Learning Designer, Northwestern University
  • David Noffs

    Lecturer & Senior Learning Designer, Northwestern University