To implement completely and successfully, teachers will have to consider revamping/rethinking their entire delivery and course curriculum so that it fits in a nonlinear, quest-based structure. Not to mention, teachers will need to adapt/translate assessment to a badge and level-based system. Ideally, a classroom using Rezzly will be a 1:1 digital environment, or close to it. Teachers who have already adopted a blended learning model with student-driven and differentiated instruction should have a much easier time slotting in their existing curriculum. To help, Rezzly offers regular professional development "camps" and an associated community website for users with a Legendary Edition membership -- the more expensive of the two paid licenses.
Since Rezzly is a complete learning management system (LMS), it makes sense to shift completely over from whatever is currently being used, since it may confuse students to jump between a more traditional LMS and Rezzly. Educators working within after-school programs and/or student clubs should check it out, too. And it'd be particularly interesting to see it used with struggling or credit recovery high school students who need an engagement or motivation boost.Continue reading Show less
Rezzly (formerly 3D Game Lab) is a gamified learning management system (LMS). As with other LMSs, teachers can use Rezzly to deliver online resources and coursework to their students, and receive that work back for grading. However, Rezzly alters the typical LMS by weaving in game-like incentives and structure. The first noticeable difference is that students do not earn points by completing assignments. Instead, students earn experience points (or XP) by completing quests. While this might seem like just a change of terms, it's deeper than that. Students choose the actual quests (assignments) they want to take on and the order they want to tackle them in, like in popular quest-based role-playing video games. This nonlinear structure means teachers add various quests (again: think assignments, assessments, projects, etc.) and let students direct their learning (in conversation with, and with help from, the teacher). As students complete quests, they get XP, climb levels, and earn badges as they blaze a trail of their choosing through the coursework.
Rezzly has some sound principles behind it, most notably student-driven and personalized learning. It helps teachers move from being the "sage on the stage" to the "guide on the side." However, it's an empty vessel, dependent on what teachers put into it. One teacher may add fantastic, amazing, inventive quests that leverage the game-based features as added value. Another teacher might squander the opportunity and fill the system with boring, traditional content and hope that Rezzly's quests, levels, and badging do all the heavy lifting. Also, core game-based features aside, the LMS would benefit from additional features present in more robust systems, particularly more tools for collaboration and creation beyond the included forums.