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Game-Changing Games

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I have been exposed to Dr. Kurt Squire’s video games and learning curriculum since 2006, when I was a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Squire inspired me to provide leadership for development teams that created innovative game-based learning for Miller Brewing ( Score Your Pour ) and an extensive curriculum for the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

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Commercial Games vs Learning Games: Avoid the “Bling”

Knowledge Guru

I recently had a conversation with a game developer who was interested in becoming a subcontractor for us. This developer shared several examples of games he had developed. All the sample games featured gorgeous graphics and lots of “action” in the games with things flashing, scores popping, and new game elements introduced as I advanced through levels.

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Games vs Game-based Learning vs Gamification

Upside Learning

Client: This year, for our Sales training program, we would like to have a game designed. Sales Manager: What exactly do you want in the game? Game Based Learning gamification Gamification In LearningScene: Sales meeting between executives of a leading learning service provider and an organisation planning to outsource its learning content development. Client: Just some simple achievement levels and awards […].

Gameful Design

Allen Interactions

Instructional Design Gamification Edmond Manning Learning GamesBy Edm ond Manning , Senior Instructional Strategist. want you to read every line of this blog post, so here’s what I’m going to do. will give you 50 points, and you can use those points to buy an avatar and accessories. No, wait—.

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Workbook: Gamification and Your Enterprise Learning Strategy

Gaming vs. Gamification.4 At its simplest, gamification is the process of making non-game activities more fun and. Karl Kapp, a respected expert on the convergence of learning and technology, defines gamification as “a careful and considered application of game thinking to solving. problems and encouraging learning using all the elements of games that are appropriate.”

Tips for designing serious games in learning

Origin Learning

There is a reason why people give up on learning more quickly than they would on a good game. This is because, simply put, games are fun. This is why games are used as an important study aid in learning. Otherwise known as Gamification , it is the use of gameplay mechanics for non-game applications. Once again, the point of games here is to educate. Relevance.

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Game Element: Fantasy

Kapp Notes

Why include a fantasy element in the design of learning games for adults. In a game with Zombies teaching a sales model, the exact sales model that is used in the field can be used in the game. Finally, fantasy in games can be highly motivational. Design Games GamificationGeneral Look at Fantasy. Lepper, 1988). Humans learn from failure more than instant success.

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Make it a Game


If you had the choice between reading through a training module or playing a game to learn the same concepts, which would you choose? Most of us would choose game-based learning hands-down over traditional training. game based learning PowerPoint raptivity training Flash cards games games in training gamification gaming immersive learning role-play Simulations

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Game-based learning on a shoestring

E-Learning Provocateur

Game-based learning doesn’t have to break the bank. Sure, you can spend an obscene amount of money on gaming technology if you want to, but you don’t have to. In this free online game, you play the role of a waitress in a busy restaurant. While Diner Dash is just a simple little game, it can afford an engaging learning experience. But that’s by design.

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Whitepaper: When The LMS Isn’t Enough

Gamification typically consists of a variety of game. elements including a game-like interface or learning games, leaderboards, prizes and incentives, team activities and social elements. When the LMS isn’t Enough How to Turbocharge Your LMS and Improve. Learning Retention for Bottom Line Results W H I T E P A P E R 2Table of Contents. The LMS is running out of gas.3 level.

Game Element: Balance

Kapp Notes

The concept of “balance” in a game experience encompasses many ideas. Everyone wants to create a balanced game…it’s just…what is a balanced game? Is it a game that unfolds at a comfortable pace but with surprises thrown-in? In the case of instructional game-design is it the perfect off-setting of fun game play and deep, meaningful learning?

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To Game or Not to Game? The Best Ways to Use Games for Learning

Bottom-Line Performance

So, you think you want to use a game to help people learn. ” There are many reasons to use games for learning… and also times when you’d be better off picking a different interactive learning experience. The best way to figure out whether or not to create a learning game, and to get the project started, is to ask the right questions. Paycheck Away game board.

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Video Games and Motivation

B Online Learning

Every year globally, people spend huge amounts of money and time playing video games. Most people who engage in video game play choose to do so voluntarily, because it is fun and they enjoy it. Research into video game play has tended to focus on either the positive […]. This makes it an intrinsically motivating activity.

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Once Is Not Enough: How to Playtest Custom Learning Games

Bottom-Line Performance

I believe playtesting is a crucial, and often overlooked, part of learning game design. It takes multiple iterations to determine the right combination of game mechanics and game elements for your target learners. Of course, if we are going to tell  everyone else  to playtest their games, we have to do so as well! Example: Serious Game for Healthcare Workers.

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Microlearning Whitepaper: Small Bites, Big Impact

It should offer a variety of game. Throughout the experience, participants play games and accumulate points, making learning social, engaging and fun. Microlearning: Small Bites, Big Impact. must-haves every organization needs to be. successful with microlearning W H I T E P A P E R 2Table of Contents. The times they are a-changin’.3 When done properly, Microlearning works.10 Anytime.

The Importance of Aesthetics in Serious Games

Knowledge Guru

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.

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Let’s Play a Game!


Let’ play a game. The game is called “Guess this Word”.   I will give you three clues that describe a word that is a current eLearning trend. The object of the game is to guess this word by the [.]. game based learning Gaming Instructional Design rapid learning Uncategorized

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Game Element: Strategy

Kapp Notes

Strategy games are a popular type of games that require players to outwit and outmaneuver fellow players through careful decision making, planning several moves ahead and attempting to predict outcomes and consequences of both their moves and their opponent’s moves. Perhaps one of the best known strategy games is Chess. Another popular strategic board game is Stratego.

Game Based Learning – Why Does it Work?

Bottom-Line Performance

He will be appearing in person at DevLearn to hand out scrolls and spread the word that game-based learning works. Forty years of research [i] says yes, games are effective learning tools. People learn from games…and they will learn MORE from a game than from other forms of learning. [ii] However, most people don’t get WHY games work , which causes them to dismiss games as frivolous.

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Game Element: Freedom

Kapp Notes

We don’t often think of something as abstract as “freedom” as a game element but actually, “freedom” is a large part of games. Games give you the freedom to fail, you can safely do something wrong and then start over again with minimal consequences and almost no longer term negative implications. But games provide more than the freedom to fail.

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Instructional Game Projects

Kapp Notes

As I begin to reflect upon this year coming to a close, I have to admit that I am pretty excited about two instructional game projects of which I have been involved. Design Education Gamers Games Games video gamesHere are videos describing each project. You can link here for additional information. You can link here for additional information.

Three ways learning games (aka serious games) differ from just “games”

Knowledge Guru

Last weekend, I was with friends and I introduced them to the game Forbidden Island. The game is a cooperative one rather than a competitive one. To me, the game is a lot of fun to play. To two of my four friends playing, the game was torture. ” (The game is designed for players 10 and up so it cannot be THAT complicated, but you DO have to pay attention.

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Where is game-based learning headed? An Interview With Sharon Boller

Knowledge Guru

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?

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5 Ways Pokémon Go Shows Us What Learning Games Could Be

Bottom-Line Performance

My passion for all things learning games always leads me to try new games and genres so I downloaded Pokémon Go mostly to see what the fuss was about and to see what, if anything transferred well to a learning game application. Good games should get people talking about the experience with each other even when they aren’t playing the game itself.

Designing a Learning Game? Play these 3 Games First

Knowledge Guru

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.

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Instructional Games and Narrative

Kapp Notes

Instructional games work best when there is a narrative that provides the learner with the proper context for the learning that needs to take place. In a game, the time frame is usually compressed so that something that typically takes a year might only be 5 minutes of game play. Design Games Next there are characters. Stories then have a plot, something happens.

Serious Game Evaluation Worksheet (Free Download)

Knowledge Guru

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. iPad games.

Pedagogy in Game-Based Learning – Tips to align ID strategies in Learning Games


The popularity of games in learning is contributing to the immense growth of the gaming industry. Learning games are fast gaining popularity – in educational as well as corporate circles. Many popular video games are being re-furbished for educational purpose and many original games are also being designed to facilitate training. Explore. Explain. Elaborate.

6 Game Types for Learning


Incorporating gaming methodology into formal learning events is a great way to help learners grasp complex concepts. What might not be as well known is that the use of games for teaching initiatives is more than just throwing up leaderboards and ways for distributing points. You may decide that game-based learning isn’t a good fit at all. instructional design

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Ministry of Games #5: Simulation Games

Enspire Learning

Matt and Robert spotlight the simulation game genre and discuss the difference between simulations and games. Are simulations games? Are games simulations? Can you learn from simulations as well as you can from games? Race Driver: Grid is a racing game in which the player can race the 24 Hours of LeMans race. Are simulations games? Race Driver: Grid.

Games Teach!

Kapp Notes

It was sparked by Ruth Clark’s article “ Why Games Don’t Teach. ” The article kicked off a firestorm of debate, demands for proof and even name calling. Also, please know that I respect the work of Dr. Ruth Clark and actually think that aside from the title most of the article is on target, we don’t have a universal definition of “game”, research is sort of fragmented and a paper prototyping is always the way to go. So, So looking at the argument, Why Games Don’t Teach, we have several interesting positions: Games Don’t Teach. Gamestransfer.

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Games vs Game-based Learning vs Gamification (Infographic)

Upside Learning

We all love games; they are fun, engaging and a great learning tool too! Having made their way into the learning domain, eLearning is now being designed as serious games and game-based learning. Game-based elements are also being used in LMSs and company portals (called ‘Gamification’ […]. eLearning Games vs Game-based Learning vs GamificationAnd it’s not confined to the design/content side alone.

Game Based Learning – Competition

eLearning 24-7

I don’t know about you, but I want to see who really does an awesome job at creating game based courses for learning.  In just the past few weeks, I’ve heard from many folks on my social media channels talking about how game based learning is poor, at least from what they have seen. I can’t completely disagree with them, although I have seen some really cool stuff. Sure there is Gamelearn, but to use their game based courses you have to buy their platform where the games stay. So I am going to challenge the game based learning course shops. 

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What Is Game Based Learning?

Upside Learning

I spent close to a year laboring under the delusion that game based learning was all about incorporating course material into a game. If I incorporate all the course learning objectives into a game setting and keep score – it qualifies as game based learning doesn’t it? What makes a good learning game? Game Based Learning Learning Games

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Top 100 Learning Game Resources

Upside Learning

When writing the whitepaper about Casual games , I did a fair bit of research and looked at several hundred web links. So here they are – a Top 100 Learning Game Resource list. If you are already developing learning games, these links will broaden your horizons, as they did mine. It is All Fun and Games…And Then Students Learn- Kapp Notes, July 30, 2008.

Rules and Instructional Games

Kapp Notes

At its simplest form, a game is just a set of defined rules. There are rules indicating the maximum number of players who can play a game, rules describing how to score points, rules indicating what is allowed in the game and, in the case of digital games, rules that apply to writing the code that makes the video game character jump. GamesRules for play.