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The Learning Science Weekly Podcast brings together thought leaders, researchers, creatives, authors, and scientists to chat about the science of learning and how it can be applied in corporate and customer education.

In this week's episode, we had a conversation with Horst Treiblmaier and Lisa Maria Putz. Tune in to hear our chat about the impact of gamification on learning success.

Guest 1: Horst Treiblmaier

Horst Treiblmaier is a Professor of International Management at Modul University Vienna, Austria.

He received a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from WU Vienna and worked as a Visiting Professor at Purdue University, University of California, Los Angeles, University of British Columbia, and the University of Technology in Sydney.

"It's a human drive to want to play games." Horst Treiblmaier

His research interests include the economic and business implications of blockchain and the evolution of the token economy. He teaches blockchain-related topics and is a frequent speaker at academic conferences and industry events.

Horst recommends reading the book, Homo Ludens by Johan Huizinga.

"Think small, dont think big and do not over do it. That's my most important advice when it comes to gamification." Horst Treiblmaier

Guest 2: Lisa Maria Putz

Dr. Lisa-Maria Putz is a Research Professor at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria and head of the research group “Sustainable Transport” focusing on logistics on inland waterways and green port processes.

Her research focus is on a broad range of topics to increase the sustainability level of freight transport e.g. through a modal shift to inland waterway transport.

"When it comes to integrating gamification, it can take time. You have to make sure you invest a good amount of time to get some good results." Dr. Lisa-Maria Putz

For instance, she developed an online learning platform (REWWay) to promote a modal shift towards inland waterways through the integration of sustainable transport topics in logistics education. She obtained her doctoral degree from Vienna University of Economics and Business. Since a major topic is the acceptance and awareness of sustainable freight transport, her doctoral thesis investigated that gamification can be positioned as a working method to increase awareness for sustainable freight transport using inland waterway transport.

In addition, Lisa-Maria Putz has been lecturing for more than five years at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria. She is the Austrian European-African Co-Chair of PIANC YP-com and a participating member of etp-ALICE. Currently, Lisa is working to refine the results of a longitudinal study. They are now investigating which effects gamification has to attract people for logistics jobs.

Our Host Dr. Julia Huprich recommends the work of Richard Ryan and Edward Deci.  Deci and Ryan developed the Self-Determination Theory of motivation, toppling the dominant belief that the best way to get human beings to perform tasks is to reinforce their behavior with rewards.

Thank you again for listening and join us again next week!