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JULY 1, 2012 Games for Change 2012 – Notes & Musings
A few weeks ago, I attended the 9 th annual Games for Change Festival. As usual, it was a fantastic mesh of amazing speakers, thoughtful discussion, and inspiring interfaces. From my notes, I’ve pulled out items that I found particularly relevant to the types of learning activities I like to create, with additional notes and descriptions for some. Focus on how the user is being transformed. What Games are Good At – Jesse Schell - my notes from this session ). I love this and think that this same type of thinking is essential for designing useful learning activities.
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NOVEMBER 21, 2011 Interface Inspiration
I’m committed to online learning that is focused on activity, typically of the real-world, application-focused variety. However, imagining how to translate real-world situations into meaningful learning interfaces for a computer screen can sometimes be daunting. Even in the 21 st century, significant portions of our lives still don’t revolve around pointing and clicking. One strategy I use is keeping an “interface inspiration” library – essentially, a folder on my computer where I keep screenshots of learning interfaces that I think are particularly nifty. Allen Interactions. Filament Games.
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MARCH 28, 2011 eLearning Global Giveback 3
LINGOS has announced the beginning of the third eLearning Global Giveback competition. If you’d like to participate, join the eLearning Global Giveback Linked-In group and then post a brief description of your skills, interests, and availability. As I’ve posted before , I’ve participated in the global giveback twice, and it’s been amazing experience both times.
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FEBRUARY 24, 2011 eLearning Global Giveback
Today, The Smart Campaign launched Client Protection and Financial Education in Microfinance , the course that I developed in conjunction with The Smart Campaign and ACCION International as part of the second eLearning Global Giveback. You can see the course here ! will be demoing the course at the Global Giveback Reception on March 24th at the Learning Solutions 2011 Conference & Expo.
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- (Even More) Related Books
Living in cold, snowy New England, I need something to do in the winter between bouts of snow shoveling, so I read a bunch. Now that it’s getting to the point where MAYBE it’ll start thawing, I thought I’d post a quick overview of my favorite learning/simulation/game-type books from the last couple of months. Since posting about books is something that I’ve done a couple times now, I’m also planning to create an ongoing list of all of these books under a Related Books heading at the top of the blog. Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World. Jane McGonigal. MORE >>
TWITTERPATED WITH LEARNING Reusable, Relevant Interactions for Compliance E-Learning (with less yawn!)
| SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2011
Compliance eLearning, defined loosely here as eLearning that covers some sort of rules or regulations, seems to have a high rate of boring PowerPoint-ism, with slide and slide of text, some standard stock photos, a next button, and not much else. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. In fact, compliance courses are often really fantastic opportunities to present users with scenarios and meaningful decision making. An example that I built recently revolved around getting reps to read and follow a set of guidelines for expense reporting in a highly regulated environment. Eek!). MORE >>
TWITTERPATED WITH LEARNING Graphics for eLearning: Why and Where I Buy Them
| THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2011
About a year ago, I had the revelation that the time I spent creating marginally appealing graphics for eLearning could be much better spent elsewhere. Compared to several hours of struggling to just make the darn smile on that darn person NOT look ghoulish, $18 for a person who already looks normal seems like a bargain. So, now I buy stuff in several categories of graphics, and it’s lovely. Here are the types of graphics that I buy for eLearning and where I currently buy them: Stock Photos. This is actually the category of graphics that I use least often in eLearning development. MORE >>
TWITTERPATED WITH LEARNING What Will Be Left Then?
| MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2011
Even though I generally play more with creating learning activities than representing information, I’m fascinated by data visualization. couple of weeks ago, I created an infographic as part of Information is Beautiful’s first visualization challenge. Information is Beautiful provided a spreadsheet of data about when the reserves of various non-renewable resources will be depleted. I carried the data in my handbag and periodically pulled it out to peer at it while waiting at doctor’s offices, restaurants, and the like. I decided to go for it anyway. So, my design regrets. MORE >>
- Games as Gateway Experiences for Learning
I was the type of kid who devoured the Sim-genre games, from the traditional SimCity to lesser known games such as SimFarm. In addition to just playing them as intended, I loved that they were essentially worlds in a sandbox, where I could impose my own rules to experiment with concepts that interested me. friend and I used SimLife to create virtual horse farms and racetracks, where we’d breed generations upon generations of horses, with the goal of creating horses with the tendency to not turn around. This was THE essential trait for winning virtual horse races in SimLife. Now you know.) MORE >>
- My iPhone Died of Dysentery: Games That Simulate Difficulty TWITTERPATED WITH LEARNING | SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 2011
- Playing with Problem Solving (Or, Wait, you’re traveling with a fox?) TWITTERPATED WITH LEARNING | THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2011
- eLearning Learning – I’m There! TWITTERPATED WITH LEARNING | SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2011
- Encouraging Thoughtful Choices TWITTERPATED WITH LEARNING | FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2013
- Beyond Points, Badges, and Scoreboards TWITTERPATED WITH LEARNING | TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2011
- Imperfect Simulations TWITTERPATED WITH LEARNING | SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2012
- Notes from Jesse Schell’s What Games Are Good At (Games for Change Festival) TWITTERPATED WITH LEARNING | MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2012
- Using Challenges for Learning: Part 1 TWITTERPATED WITH LEARNING | THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2012
- DevLearn 2011 TWITTERPATED WITH LEARNING | THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2011
- An Unfinished Election Game (Or, you can’t win everything all of the time) TWITTERPATED WITH LEARNING | SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2012
- Games for Change Festival 2012 TWITTERPATED WITH LEARNING | THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2012
- Related Books TWITTERPATED WITH LEARNING | SUNDAY, JANUARY 2, 2011
- Building a Branching Conversation Simulation with Flash, XML, and AS3 TWITTERPATED WITH LEARNING | SATURDAY, JANUARY 8, 2011
- Growing an Educational Game – Flower Stand TWITTERPATED WITH LEARNING | THURSDAY, JANUARY 13, 2011
- Loan Officer Branching Conversation Simulation – Twitterpated with. TWITTERPATED WITH LEARNING | WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2010
- Recommended Webinar: Exploring Reusable Interactions. TWITTERPATED WITH LEARNING | SUNDAY, JANUARY 9, 2011
- Flower Stand Revision – Brainstorming Underlying Themes and Goals. TWITTERPATED WITH LEARNING | SATURDAY, JANUARY 22, 2011
- The Art of Game Design – Twitterpated with Learning TWITTERPATED WITH LEARNING | SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2011
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