A Gamified, Self-Service Approach to Course Registration

NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering created an online pre-registration tutorial that uses gamification to motivate students to participate, keep them engaged and help them understand course requirements and curricula.

A few years ago, the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering changed its registration process for incoming students. Rather than creating schedules for students and entering them into courses, the school developed a more self-service approach, asking students to take more ownership of the process of understanding course requirements, familiarizing themselves with the curriculum in each academic department and registering themselves.

Initially the engineering school created webinar sessions to help students understand the contextual and technical aspects of the enrollment process. Advisers found that the webinars had limitations, however, including occasional technical difficulties and time zone challenges.

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