Where is game-based learning headed? An Interview With Sharon Boller
SEPTEMBER 20, 2016
I interviewed Bottom-Line Performance President and industry thought leader, Sharon Boller to learn more about current game-based learning trends and where this learning strategy is headed in 2017. Sharon has been writing and speaking about game-based learning since at least 2008. What are the current trends in game-based learning? Where is game-based learning headed in 2017? It’s the emotion.
Microlearning Madness: 25 Great Resources
MAY 18, 2016
Over the last five to ten years, corporate learning professionals have scrambled to engage their learners in an increasingly digital world. Learning trends such as mobile, gamification, game-based learning, performance support, use of learning science and interactive video are all attempts to capture learner attention and engage them on a deeper level. Training has to be engaging for it to stick.
Commercial Games vs Learning Games: Avoid the “Bling”
FEBRUARY 2, 2016
I recently had a conversation with a game developer who was interested in becoming a subcontractor for us. While we do almost all of our development in-house, I thought I would entertain the conversation to see his capabilities. This developer shared several examples of games he had developed. On the surface, it was quite impressive! “Candy” Isn’t Enough. Register Here.
Why Sales Managers Struggle with Coaching
OCTOBER 11, 2016
Have you ever heard the phrase, “Those who can, do; those who can’t do, teach”? If you’re a sales manager, you’re living proof that this is often far from the truth. Lots of companies take their top performing sales reps and turn them into sales managers at some point in their careers. It’s not always an easy transition. It’s not all about the skills gap, though. The solution?
5 Learning Trends to Watch at #ATD2016
MAY 12, 2016
Some learning trends end up changing the corporate learning world for good. Others turn out to be fads, here today and gone tomorrow. But no matter what their staying power might be, trends become popular for a reason. Either the trend is being put in practice in a meaningful way or the idea of the trend is closely tied to a common pain point. Microlearning. Sunday, 5/22 11:45 am – 1 pm.
7 Steps to an Effective Serious Game or Gamification Implementation
JUNE 23, 2015
Are you a do-it-yourselfer? When When it comes to serious games, ATD says you probably are. In an ATD survey conducted for its 2014 research report, Playing to Win: Gamification and Serious Games in Organizational Learning ( link ), 71% of organizations reported that they prefer to develop serious games in-house. The challenge of in-house game design. Have they designed games before?
Knowledge Guru Spring ’14 Release is All About Options
APRIL 28, 2014
You want to use games for learning, but you need the games to fit the unique requirements of your organization. You believe that serious games can increase engagement and retention, but you are not so convinced that a platform can allow you to create games with enough variety to please your learners. Learners will love the new theme packs. Make it Your Own. Complete Branded Experience. Details ).
How to Increase Learner Retention from Compliance Training… and Reduce Boredom
MARCH 12, 2014
HazComm. HIPAA. Hazmat. These acronyms don’t exactly arouse a feeling of fun, do they? No one wants to take compliance training, yet a huge percentage of corporate learning is centered around compliance. What gives? As a L&D professional, it’s your job to make sure your organization can do the following: Comply with necessary standards. Increase Compliance Training Retention. 1.
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Gamification and Serious Games Headed to the Mainstream
MARCH 15, 2016
Gartner Group, which monitors trends across many industries, has labeled gamification as a trend that is sliding into the “trough of disillusionment” within the education industry. Does that mean that it—and its cousin learning games—are dying? The short answer is “No”… at least not the good applications of these learning methods. Where does Knowledge Guru fit in?
3 Questions that Keep Product Managers Up at Night
OCTOBER 4, 2016
Product managers are passionate people. They are passionate about the products they create and the problems they solve for their customers. Product managers spend thousands of hours researching, testing and developing their products before its time to commercialize. But then it’s time for the hand-off. The sales team has goals of its own, and they may not always align. See how.
Turn Your Product Knowledge Training into a “Hero’s Journey”
APRIL 28, 2015
You need to deliver training to your employees and want it to be “engaging.” ” You’ve read articles and attended webinars that discuss making learning experiences engaging, yet most of the advice seems vague. What is an engaging learning solution? Why do some learners find a certain type of training engaging, while others do not? One such theme is The Hero’s Journey.
The Importance of Aesthetics in Serious Games
APRIL 17, 2014
First impressions matter in almost every situation – including game play. Aesthetics are a huge part of the game play experience. If the game doesn’t LOOK appealing, then players won’t want to play even if the game has a great game goal and rules. Conversely, a game that may be “just okay” from a game play perspective can be elevated by strong aesthetics. Compare these two game boards. Terrific!
Designing a Learning Game? Play these 3 Games First
MARCH 11, 2015
At Bottom-Line Performance (owners of the Knowledge Guru platform), we have a “learning game design peer group” that meets a few times per year. started the group three years ago to help build game design skills and to foster deeper knowledge of the power of games as learning tools. Here are three great games we have played within our Peer Group. It’s a cooperative game as well.
How Do Serious Games Work in a Large Enterprise?
FEBRUARY 19, 2014
Organizations of all sizes are turning to game-based learning , serious games , and gamification to solve a range of learning and development challenges. For some, the challenge is one of engagement; learners are tired of traditional eLearning and programs are seeing diminishing returns. Serious games can be a part of the solution to increasing engagement and retention. Link ). Link ). Quick Tip
Serious Game Evaluation Worksheet (Free Download)
APRIL 23, 2014
A lot of people want to design learning games, aka “serious games.” ” However, many L&D people have gotten very enthusiastic about the gamification and game-based learning trend without actually being game players themselves. If you do not play games, you will find it very difficult to design a great game. You experience different core dynamics and decide how fun they are.
Games vs Simulations: Choosing the Right Approach for Learning
MARCH 26, 2014
The word “game” is a big one… and it really refers to a category of activities that can look many ways. There is some natural confusion that arises around this topic, particularly on the difference between games, simulations, and gamification. I’ll focus on games and simulations in this post. It results in a quantifiable outcome (you win/you lose, you hit the target, etc). Not always.
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Breaking Up With SCORM: It’s Not You, It’s Me
JANUARY 28, 2014
Many organizations are ready for learners to stop clicking next to continue, but still need to track what formal training those learners have completed. They’re limited by the constraints of SCORM, so their L&D efforts start to look the same year after year. These organizations know that a post-test score and completion certificate tell a small part of a learner’s story. And by they, I mean we.
Safety and Compliance Training: Should it Be a Game?
JULY 16, 2014
Safety training is often viewed as a “check the box” activity inside organizations. Managers don’t like giving it. Employees don’t like taking it… and that’s just “the way it is.” ” If the only reason you are providing the training is to simply comply, is it really necessary to make it engaging? Do learners really need to know this stuff?
Six Truths About Implementing a Learning Game that Gets Results
DECEMBER 1, 2014
I love games—but that does not mean I think a game is the appropriate option for every learning situation. I do not think it will always equal the most effective or efficient means of helping people learn. They require several rounds of play testing and iterative design to produce a game that fully engages your target audience AND achieves the desired learning and performance outcomes. model).
Four Strategies for Long-Term Retention in Corporate Learning (White Paper)
APRIL 9, 2014
In some organizations, training is a “check the box,” “we’ve always done it this way” activity. That may work in some situations, but what about when remembering really matters? Corporate learning professionals need strategies to improve both knowledge transfer during the initial learning event as well as the rate of long-term retention. Download the white paper here.
Knowledge Guru Adds Smartphone App in 2015 Fall Release
OCTOBER 28, 2015
The Fall 2015 release of Knowledge Guru is so small, it fits in your pocket. What I mean is that we are releasing a new smartphone app for iOS and Android. Learners will be able to play Knowledge Guru games across desktop, tablet and smartphone the week of November 2nd. Multi-Device Gameplay. Your learners can start playing on their smartphone and finish on their laptop. Mobile-First Experience.
How Protect-A-Bed Uses Knowledge Guru for Better Product Training
AUGUST 13, 2014
Our customers frequently use Knowledge Guru to train sales reps and other employees on product knowledge. The spaced repetition, feedback loops, and detailed reporting all contribute to a more effective solution when it comes to getting your employees to learn and remember facts about your product. Read on to see his comments and insights. Who are your Knowledge Guru games for? Use a spreadsheet!
What’s the Benefit of “Fun” in Games?
JANUARY 17, 2017
Yes, I know. You’ve heard that games are very useful for learning. However, it’s less about creating a game than actually understanding what it is that people find “fun” about playing games. There is power in understanding what makes games engaging to us. Armed with that knowledge, you can use it to inform your learning designs. This table offers a quick summary. Game Activities People Find Fun.
5 Ways to Improve Knowledge Retention With Games and Mobile
NOVEMBER 10, 2015
The corporate training world has come a long way over the last several years. While unwieldy Powerpoint slides and lengthy webinars are still out there, most organizations know better. When knowledge retention is the goal, the mobile phone is often the delivery method of choice. Use push notifications and email to pull learners in. Have learners play in short bursts. Quick Tip
Knowledge Guru Adds Video, Adaptive Learning, Faster Speeds in Winter Release
FEBRUARY 10, 2015
The Knowledge Guru platform has undergone a massive evolution over the last few months. We unveiled the new “Quest” game type in October, which added an entirely new gameplay experience and performance challenges. Most importantly, Quest uses the same back-end database and spaced repetition principles that are critical to the Knowledge Guru approach. Video. You asked, we listened.
Three ways learning games (aka serious games) differ from just “games”
OCTOBER 14, 2014
Last weekend, I was with friends and I introduced them to the game Forbidden Island. figured they would enjoy it as much as me. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. The game is a cooperative one rather than a competitive one. Players have to work together to locate hidden treasure and fly off the island before it sinks. To me, the game is a lot of fun to play. It was “too complicated.”
5 Ways Serious Games Can “Level Up” Your Sales Reps
JANUARY 28, 2015
Sales people live in the moment. They need to hit this month’s numbers. They have a demo in 10 minutes. Their manager wants an update on their biggest account. They are paid on commission and they probably do not feel they have time to take your training! As an L&D professional, you know that knowledge and skills are vital to building a successful sales organization.
The Corporate Learning Guide to Spaced Repetition and Feedback Loops (Free Download)
FEBRUARY 25, 2014
There are many causes for ineffective training, but one of L&D’s greatest enemies is forgetting. If learners fail to embed new knowledge into their long-term memory, they will be unable to apply it on the job. When training is treated as a one-time event, tangible results will be limited. You know there’s a problem. But what can you do about it? What’s in a name? More sales.
Why Adults Should Love Game-Based Learning
FEBRUARY 14, 2017
I’m publishing this blog on Valentine’s Day, a day that is supposed to be all about love. This blog is about love, but not the romantic type. Instead, think about a hobby or activity that you love. Kids, for example, might love to play soccer or love to play video games like Minecraft. These types of games and activities keep children engaged, often for hours at a time. Pre-order Book.