As many of you know, the opportunity to earn points on the Cisco Learning Network has been around since the site launch in 2008. A little over a year ago, we started the process of updating the "gamification" of the site by adding more transparency to the actions that earn you points. We did this by adding "badges" to the various tasks and began labeling them as missions.
We also spread out the numbers of points required to level up so that our power users still had levels that they could achieve as they gained points on the site.
The feedback we've gotten over and over again from the community goes something like this, "We don't participate for the points." The site, it seems to me… is really built on a community of people here to encourage, help each other and LEARN. So in many respects, having points and leveling up isn't all that important for most members. But for the newcomers and points-minded folks, it is cool to get some visual indicators on their progress as they participate. It also gives everyone a sense of the participation history of the people they are interacting with on the site too.
Today we launch a further refinement of the levels by breaking them into sub-levels (stars). Now people will be able to level-up on a more regular basis and get a more granular sense of their overall contributions on the site for themselves and their peers.
And we've got fun new icons to go along with this change.
Have a look at the new level breakdowns on the Achievement Center FAQ page.
And if you need a refresher on the actions that earn points, please visit the Achievement Center landing page.
We're all ears. Let us know what you think?