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In this video Dr. Ryan Baker, Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and Director of the Penn Center for Learning Analytics, describes gaming the system: students’ attempts to get through material in an online or blended learning system without learning. Dr. Baker explains why gaming the system is even worse for learning outcomes than off-task behavior.

He shares interventions that ed-tech developers can use to address off-task behavior such as alerting teachers to gaming, requiring students who game to do more work, and incorporating metacognitive messages to help students understand why gaming is harmful to their learning.


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