One of my assignments was to facilitate a forum. I was the assigned the topic of gamification- the use of game thinking and game mechanics in non-game contexts to engage users in solving problems. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gamification).
As the thread went on the topic of competition came about and I found this interesting article on competition in a classroom environment. Here were my thoughts, which I wrote in my forum:
“I think the competitive aspect of games takes away from the collaborative learning process, unless it is a team competition where the collaboration is within teams. Other than that I think competition diminishes collaboration, where the idea of helping someone else can be the cause of your failure. Also creating a competitive environment ultimately creates the entities of a winner and loser and I don’t think I would use a strategy that would not benefit the entire class. I wouldn’t want to put that stress and anxiety for students to have a need to win. I believe competition would only benefit the winners and having an imbalance of “winners” versus “losers” may have a negative impact on the class.”