Gamification of learning has proved to boost learner engagement, drive learning-by-doing setups, stimulate creative problem-solving, and increase long-term information retention (Kapp, 2012). In line with this, the Gamification Kit, established by the KNIME Educators Alliance, introduces gamification elements from challenges, to learnathons, to hackathons, to data literacy curricula.
Learn more about KNIME Student Challenges, in KNIME Student Challenges: Make Learning Fun.
If you are an educator at an institution of secondary, higher, or continuing education who wishes to introduce gamification elements, our program is a concrete opportunity to leverage KNIME for engaging data science education. To adequately support educators, we understand our collaboration as a synergy of well-defined responsibilities and tasks.
KNIME will provide you with:
- Guidance in challenge planning and design – we help you plan ahead, address challenge design questions, and share best practices.
- A kick-off guest lecture – we onboard students in the key techniques that are relevant for the challenge.
- Student mentorship, support, and feedback (e.g. email, a dedicated tag on the KNIME Community Forum) – we are available to address implementation questions, discuss doubts and give hints.
- Assessment of final projects – we agree with the educator on the proper assessment criteria, and provide extensive feedback on the analytical solutions implemented with KNIME.
- Sponsorship of KNIME awards (e.g. digital badges, customized trophies, invites to KNIME live events, free access to KNIME courses) – we agree with the educator on awards that best celebrate student efforts.
You, the educator, will provide:
- A theoretical framework – you are the domain expert
- A structure and time schedule – you know your students and the academic calendar better than us
- Dataset(s) – this is often very subject- or requirement-specific
- Theoretical assessment criteria – as the domain expert, we trust your judgment
We have created a short application form to gather preliminary information, such as the topic of the challenge, the time period, the number of participants, and their analytical skills. Completing the form takes approximately 10 minutes and will help us provide a fair judgment of the submissions.
After the application deadline, we'll evaluate submissions and contact you with our collaboration proposals. Please note that complete and granular submissions help us gain a clearer understanding of what student challenge you envision and how we can best support you.
Apply for student challenges for 2024 here.