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Gamifying Education For Millennials: It’S More Than Just A Video Game, John Francis Mazzo Jan 2015

Gamifying Education For Millennials: It’S More Than Just A Video Game, John Francis Mazzo

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This study examines the appeal and success of digital gaming. It notes the past and present studies emphasizing the negative aspects of digital gaming; however, it counters those arguments with findings of research supporting the positive outcomes enjoyed by many gamers, as well as the benefits of harnessing its engaging components, one of which being a heightened flow state. Secondly, it explores the more recent gamification trend by understanding the successful gaming components utilized by this application and how they may be applied to engage a large user-audience, eventually highlighting the need to incorporate gamification into online, mobile platforms geared ...


Anti-Intellectualism In The Age Of Contested Knowledge Production: Perpetual Inaction, When Ideas Constrain Discourse, Jesse Benn Jan 2015

Anti-Intellectualism In The Age Of Contested Knowledge Production: Perpetual Inaction, When Ideas Constrain Discourse, Jesse Benn

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This thesis is a qualitative, critical inquiry, which demarcates a new era of anti-intellectualism. By using think tanks as a heuristic device, two new conceptual terms, each meant to capture prevailing iterations of anti-intellectualism in contemporary society, are offered. Once established, a case study examines changes to the University of Colorado’s nondiscrimination policy. This provides insight into the ways this new era of anti-intellectualism and its new dimensions impact institutions of knowledge production. The corrupting influence of money and politics on the production of intellectual ideas has come to define modern anti-intellectualism, and the problematic impacts of this milieu ...