Gamification as Online Teaching Strategy During COVID-19: A Mini-Review

11 papers from Chemistry, Business, Computer Science, Biology, and Medical areas have analyzed the use of gamification strategies during the COVID-19 pandemic and assessed student’s learning and motivation outcomes. In general, students reported that gamification was innovative, engaging, and an efficient strategy to deliver curricula material; moreover, it was perceived as a fun activity. Some students reported that gamified videoconferences aided to connect with their classmates during isolation time providing effective social support.

Source: Gamification as Online Teaching Strategy During COVID-19: A Mini-Review

    COVID-19: Silencing health workers, researchers, and journalists caused unnecessary deaths, says Amnesty International

    Governments are causing unnecessary covid-19 deaths by trying to silence healthcare workers, journalists, and researchers, Amnesty International has said.

    By clamping down on freedom of expression they have damaged peoples’ ability to access accurate and timely information to help them respond to the global health crisis, the human rights group said in a report Silenced and Misinformed: Freedom of Expression in Danger During COVID-19. Simultaneously, big tech has amplified the reach of inaccurate and dangerous information.

    Source: COVID-19: Silencing health workers, researchers, and journalists caused unnecessary deaths, says Amnesty International

      How we make decisions during a pandemic

      From mask wearing to physical distancing, individuals wield a lot of power in how the coronavirus outbreak plays out. Behavioral experts reveal what might be prompting people to act — or not.

      Source: How we make decisions during a pandemic

        Behavioral Economics Can Help Fight Coronavirus

        With thousands of newly confirmed cases and deaths worldwide each day, the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, are impacting every corner of the planet. Using behavioral insights to design simple messages that promote healthy behavior is essential to stop contagion, manage emotions, encourage handwashing, and when the time is right, help people gradually resume normal life. This policy note describes behavioral biases people may be exhibiting during the crisis and offers recommendations for how to overcome them. Most importantly, it offers practical examples for governments, as well as infographics ready for dissemination, that can be used to fight this pandemic.

        Source: Behavioral Economics Can Help Fight Coronavirus

          Sustained behavior change is key to preventing and tackling future pandemics

          Investment in research and programs to discover and apply the principles that underpin sustained behavior change is needed to address the continuing threat from COVID-19 and future pandemics and will require collaboration among behavioral, social, biomedical, public-health and clinical scientists.

          Source: Sustained behavior change is key to preventing and tackling future pandemics

            Community acceptance of COVID-19 and demystifying stigma in a severely affected population in Ghana

            The authors of this study conducted a cross-sectional study to assess stigma among the Tema community, then identified and implemented interventions to demystify COVID-19 stigma. They interviewed positive cases, their contacts, contact tracers, case management team members, and community members who shared their first hand experiences and knowledge on the current pandemic.

            Source: Community acceptance of COVID-19 and demystifying stigma in a severely affected population in Ghana

              “Esta nas nossas mãos” (“It’s in our hands”) COVID-19 Campaign

              Since the COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the WHO in 2020, the USAID-funded Breakthrough ACTION project has been supporting Mozambique’s Ministry of Health (MOH) with risk communication and community engagement activities to disseminate timely and appropriate COVID-19 prevention messages and, recently, to address vaccine hesitancy among the general population.

              “Está nas nossas mãos” (It’s in our hands) was the first nationwide communication campaign undertaken by the Breakthrough ACTION and the Ministry of Health to raise public awareness, promote prevention and vaccination against COVID-19 in Mozambique  The campaign was largely supported by other implementation partners and local media.

              The campaign is based on a series of animated video spots on COVID-19, using simple messages with a set of graceful, fun and popular cartoon characters developed locally, as a way to reverse audience fatigue, regain people’s attention and help reduce the fear caused by COVID-19.

              Sources:

              • Felisberto Massingue
              • fmassingue@jhuccp.org.mz

              COVID Behaviors Dashboard

              The COVID Behaviors Dashboard visualizes data from the COVID-19 Trends and Impact Survey (CTIS), launched by Facebook with the Delphi Group at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Maryland Social Data Science Center. Insights and analyses on how to use the data were written by researchers and social and behavior change communication experts at CCP in collaboration with WHO’s Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network. This site is intended to be used by policy makers, health officials and practitioners at national and subnational levels to better understand the behavioral drivers behind vaccine uptake, masking and physical distancing among other behaviors that affect the spread of COVID-19.

              Data from this ongoing survey is collected daily and the dashboard is updated every two weeks.

              Source: COVID Behaviors Dashboard

                Together we can fight against the coronavirus

                This poster encourages the public to work together in order to fight the coronavirus.

                Source: Together we can fight against the coronavirus

                  The Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is also for people going to foreign employment where this vaccine is mandatory

                  This infographic explains that the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is also for people going to foreign employment where this vaccine is mandatory.

                  Source: The Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is also for people going to foreign employment where this vaccine is mandatory