Popular gamification mechanics that instructional designers can make use of are:


These are awarded to learners to motivate them throughout courses and activities. They can be used to drive desired behaviours, signify status in a course, and even unlock new learning stages or rewards.

Challenges, Batches and Achievements

These help motivate learners to do more, innovate faster, and work smarter than others. Challenges that are a bit difficult and meaningful for your learners with visible recognition will motivate them to reach higher and work harder.


These are essentially scoreboards that display progress and ranking of learners to help them gauge their performance against their peers. Rankings motivate learners to excel past their peers in addition to boosting repeat visits. The Moodle
gamification plugin, Ranking Block makes this easy to implement by assigning points to activities completed in Moodle. Rankings are then displayed in a scoreboard block