||Edel Gavan, Rob Lowney, Allison McKay, Brid O'Connell, Ciara O'Toole
||Gamification in education is described as the use of "game, game-like activities or game elements" to enhance learning, motivate students and increase engagement (Brigham, 2015).
In September 2018 Hibernia College introduced a gamification tool to the two-week online orientation for blended learning initial teacher education programmes in an effort to improve engagement and socialisation. The tool awarded experience ('XP') points to the student teachers for participating in activities that required interaction with peers. Its impact was evaluated using VLE log data and survey responses, the results of which indicated a marked increase in activity engagement and a positive response from student teachers.
||Gamification; online orientation; postgraduate; online learning community