JUNE 11, 2015
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.
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. 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.
Games vs Game-based Learning vs Gamification
MAY 21, 2015
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 […].
Tips for designing serious games in learning
MARCH 20, 2015
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.
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.”
Testing Games vs. Teaching Games
JANUARY 22, 2013
There is an important difference between games that teach a learner how to do something and games that test what a learner already knows. Too often those two types of games are confused and an instructional designer or other person places the wrong type of game into the curriculum. The focus of the game is not to apply knowledge but rather to recall knowledge.
Make it a Game
MARCH 21, 2013
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
Game Element: Balance
AUGUST 18, 2015
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?
Game-based learning on a shoestring
FEBRUARY 23, 2015
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.
To Game or Not to Game? The Best Ways to Use Games for Learning
AUGUST 3, 2013
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.
Game Element: Strategy
JULY 28, 2014
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.
Gamification or Game-Based Learning?
OCTOBER 6, 2015
If you have been around the elearning world long enough you have probably heard of using games in learning. Chances are you have also heard of game-based learning. To help demonstrate the differences between these three, Upside Learning has created a nifty infographic using the popular game “hopscotch” as an example (see end of this article). What do you think?
New research explores the common myths and realities around the 70:20:10 learning model
15% Games. but the rules of the game are changing! In-Focus. Report. February 2016 Authored by Charles Jennings, Laura Overton & Dr Genny Dixon. Supported by. www.towardsmaturity.org/in-focus/2016/702010. 70+20+10=100. The Evidence Behind. the Numbers In-Focus: 70+20+10=100. Towards Maturity CIC Ltd. 2016 Page | 2. About this research. . . . www.towardsmaturity.org/2015benchmark).
Video Games and Motivation
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MAY 13, 2014
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.
Game Element: Freedom
AUGUST 14, 2015
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.
Game Based Learning – Why Does it Work?
OCTOBER 20, 2012
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.
Let’s Play a Game!
JUNE 25, 2013
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
Instructional Game Projects
DECEMBER 21, 2011
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
APRIL 28, 2015
Why should you, as a learning designer, take a game design workshop? What is the relationship between games and learning? I want to suggest that there are very important reasons why you should. Just so you don’t think I’m the only one saying it, in the decade since I wrote the book Engaging Learning: Designing e-Learning Simulation Games , there have been a large variety of books on the topic. James Paul Gee has pointed out how the semantic features of games match to the way our brains learn, as has David Williamson Shaeffer. design games
Games vs Game-based Learning vs Gamification (Infographic)
SEPTEMBER 23, 2015
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.
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.
Pedagogy in Game-Based Learning – Tips to align ID strategies in Learning Games
OCTOBER 28, 2014
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.
Tool For Creating Educational Games
OCTOBER 13, 2015
In recent years games have started to play a bigger role in not only learning but also elearning. There has been quite a bit written on the topic of games, gamification, and gaming elements in training & education. Gaming is proving to be a successful way to help learners grasp new concepts, but how do you actually create games with an intent to learning?
MAY 18, 2012
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.
Once Is Not Enough: How to Playtest Custom Learning Games
JULY 30, 2015
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.
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.
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. You may need to go through 5-8 iterations to get a custom game right. They do not spark crazed excitement in learners just because you say the word “game.”
Using eLearning Games as an eLearning Strategy
MAY 11, 2015
We can think of (at least) five reasons why you should use eLearning games as a strategy: Creativity. Whether you’re a team of one or a team of ten, eLearning games provide you – as the designer – a way to get creative about how you help learners learn. When games are the center of your eLearning strategy, games become the backdrop onto which you can unleash your talents. .
Learning Game Design: a Blog Series by Sharon Boller
SEPTEMBER 14, 2013
In early May we launched our Learning Game Design Blog on the Knowledge Guru website. The blog has become a great source of information for anyone interested in game based learning and gamification—thanks in large part to an incredibly in-depth blog series by Sharon Boller. The Learning Game Design Series. Get familiar with game elements and how to use them. Dump ADDIE.
Instructional Games and Narrative
APRIL 1, 2014
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.
What Is Game Based Learning?
JUNE 20, 2011
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
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. iPad games.
10 Great Learning Game Design Links
JULY 11, 2012
As our forays into game-based learning continue, so does the research. Learning From Game Design: 11 Gambits For Influencing User Behaviour. Learning From Game Design: 11 Gambits For Influencing User Behaviour. Katie Salen on Game Design and Learning. Here is Katie Salen speaking about how game design can be applied in the classroom. Learning The Rules.
Top 100 Learning Game Resources
JUNE 24, 2009
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.
10 Reasons to Use Serious Games
DECEMBER 17, 2014
If you are involved in elearning (even traditional training), then it is likely that you have considered implementing some form of serious game into your course material. Today gamification and serious games are being leveraged to help bolster learning and drive home key objectives. Gaming elements get people involved with the learning which has been shown to improve retention.
2015 Reflections on Games and Gamification for Learning
JANUARY 4, 2016
Gamification is Bringing Serious Game-Based Learning and Simulation-Based Learning Along for the Ride. The focus on game elements and gamification has brought a resurgence to “game-based learning” and “simulation-based learning.In Games-based learning is projected to grow to USD 2.4 Games, Gamification & Learning in China. billion in 2018.
Using Fantasy in Instructional #Games
JANUARY 17, 2013
I am often asked if an instructional or training game should be “realistic” or can the game have “fantasy” elements and still be an effective learning tool. It turns out that there are several valid and research-based reasons for including fantasy as a key element in the design of games to help people learn. GamesReferences: Malone, T. 333-369.
Learning Game Design Series, Part 1: Play and Evaluate Games
JUNE 19, 2013
Last week’s post gave an overview of the entire process for getting started in learning game design or creating game-based learning. This post focuses on Step 1, which is to play and evaluate games. If you don’t like playing games, don’t try to design a game because you’re going to hate this step. What’s the game’s core dynamic?
7 Steps to an Effective Serious Game or Gamification Implementation
JUNE 23, 2015
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?
How Games & Gamification Can Help Align Processes and Procedures
MARCH 24, 2015
Many of our customers, Johnson & Johnson and Ally Financial to name a few, use Knowledge Guru games to teach a specific process that learners need to follow. We also create many custom learning solutions that include a gaming component where the goal is process alignment. How can games and gamification help align processes and procedures? Help build context and relevance.
Three Guidelines for Effectively Integrating Games in the Classroom
MARCH 19, 2015
A number of meta-analysis studies have been conducted in the field of game-based learning attempting to create generalizable findings that can be used to select and create meaningful educational and instructional game experiences. Embed the instructional game into the curriculum. The teacher should tell the students what they will be learning by playing the game. 2005).
Barnes & Noble Presentation Resources: Learning Games
OCTOBER 14, 2014
Tonight I am speaking at a Barnes and Noble in New Brunswick, NJ. I am excited about the presentation and to talk to a number of teachers and parents about some of the positive impact that video games can have on learning. As part of that process, here are some links to educational games. Game to Teach STEM. CHECK OUT THE GAME HERE. The game is like the TV show survivor.
Video games as Good Teachers
NOVEMBER 20, 2012
It is obvious that games are immensely popular, what is less obvious is that they are also powerful teachers who have been “schooling” a generation for the past 30 years. Games are filled with goals. Games induce players to create their own worlds, to participate in social activities, to form effective teams, to reason and to save lives . Gaming puts the player in control, gives clear, immediate feedback on progress, and offers progressively more challenging levels of achievement that a player reaches at his or her own pace. There is no contest, gaming wins.