Rewards and Reward Schedules in Gamification

Reward schedule Rewards and Reward Schedules in Gamification

Andrzej Marczewski

Gamification Consultant with Motivait. I love to write about it, talk about it and bore people to death with it! If you really want to get to know me, check out the About page.

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  1. Very interesting post. In particular, I liked the ‘Employee journey’ graph. It got me thinking of the learning journey and the issue of boredom / anxiety. Thank you.

    Your comment regarding the role of rewards in re-enforcing what has been learned reminded me of the grading system in karate and other martial arts – and how much more motivating it is than systems where the learner (e.g., child) is moved on to another group because of age, the end of term or other extrinsic factors. Just like the coloured belts in karate, though, could it be that the reward is worth more (to the learner / player) when they are highly visible to others?

    • Hi and thanks for the comment.

      The journey thing, check out my original post on that, you may find it interesting!! http://marczewski.me.uk/2012/11/30/flow-and-satisfaction/
      Now, martial arts. As it happens, I am a black belt in JuJitsu. Many people I have trained with are there just to get to black belt. The interesting thing is, once they get there, they often discover that there is loads more too it. Just like badges in Gamification, the onboarding process can be seen as the journey to black belt. The constant feedback and pats on the back. For some the focus that the black belt / goal give them. Once the get to black belt, in our player journey, mastery – they discover how much more there is to it all – if ye system is well built!
      Andrzej Marczewski
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