I think I’m supposedly on my 5th round of reaching level 50
Just wanted to say that I understand OP’s concern. Right now, the whole plan to gamify Kitsun is still being developed, that’s why the leveling system might look like a forceful way to motivate learners.
As the study said:
Positive verbal reinforcement, predicted to be insufficient to justify performance, resulted in increased intrinsic motivation.
I think gamification can be both used correctly and incorrectly. If you incentivize learners to think short-term and fast results, it won’t allow them to build a healthy routine around learning. On the other hand, with small achievements here and there, and by focusing on gamifying the actual sides of Kitsun that allow learners to get more immersed into learning (long-term), I think it can work very well. Things like achievements are a way for Kitsun to verbalize positive reinforcement to its users, for example.