Learning Game Design Series, Part 6: Rewards and Scoring
AUGUST 7, 2013
In preceding posts on learning game design, I’ve focused on game goals, game mechanics, and a variety of game elements. Continuing with game elements, this post focuses on rewards and scoring. Rewards can be anything players earn via game play. Some games have them. Many games don’t. Scoring. Let’s look at rewards first. Rewards.
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.
How to Get Lectora Game Templates to Send Score Results to Your LMS
NOVEMBER 19, 2014
The Game Templates at eLearning Brothers have tons of fun and exciting interactions to add to your Lectora projects. These are great as stand-alone tests, but with just a little customization, you can use them to pass a score to your LMS, set up customized results, or set branching content within Lectora. Save development time with our eLearning Game Templates.
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.
Learning Insights Guide 2017: Progress with Purpose
Learning Insights report as a game- changer for L&D. some content before it’s needed – it scores 8 out of 10. included game-based elearning. Learning Insights 2017 Imagine any piece of training and how you’d play it if it were run as a game. So the game has changed. GAP BETWEEN LEARNING AND. PERFORMANCE – BETWEEN. KNOWING AND DOING. IT’S ABOUT. learning to. about.
Gamification vs Game-Based Learning: What’s the Difference?
MARCH 21, 2017
In 2015, the American Gaming Association and GfK Custom Research of North America estimated that almost 40 million Americans filled out more than 70 million March Madness brackets. The game of basketball is, obviously, a game. And games that also have a learning goal are called learning games. Using games for learning is called game-based learning.
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.
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. I 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.
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.
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.
Rules and Instructional Games
MARCH 11, 2011
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. Games
MAY 18, 2012
It was sparked by Ruth Clark’s article “ Why Games Don’t Teach. ” 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. He examined 274 documents related to the design, use and evaluation of games. Games7 studies).
5 Ways Pokémon Go Shows Us What Learning Games Could Be
AUGUST 30, 2016
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.
6 Game Types for Learning
SEPTEMBER 26, 2016
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
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.
3 Ways to Use Game Based Learning in Corporate Training
APRIL 30, 2013
It’s one of the intro comments made in a short YouTube video that does a fantastic job of explaining and SHOWING the answer to “Why games as learning and teaching tools?” The entire school is organized around game design. The curriculum uses game concepts – missions, quests, challenges – to help kids learn things such as science, math, and literature. How so? Sound fishy?
Top 10 +1 Instructional Game Design Best Practices
SEPTEMBER 5, 2013
Here are the top ten best practices for instructional game design. Plus a bonus) Practice #1 – Design the learning game to meet specific instructional objectives. Practice #3 – Keep rules, scoring and leveling simple. Complicated games confuse and frustrate learners. Practice #4 – Get learners comfortable with the rules and game play before they start. Games
Game Element: Rewards
OCTOBER 9, 2014
Rewards are an important part of game play. People do not play games just for the rewards but rewards can help with motivation, provide feedback to learners about progress and rewards are a way of being judged favorably by the game. Here is a list of common types of rewards primarily compiled by Jesse Schell, a game developer and professor at Carnegie Mellon University.
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. Categorizing Learning Games and Simulations. An Example of a Game.
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
6 Lessons from the Trenches of Digital Learning Game Design at #ASTDTK14
JANUARY 20, 2014
Bottom-Line Performance has done simulation and learning game design for table-top/live events for many years. However, our foray into digital game design has only been happening for the past three years. When we started, we found lots of books and articles on game design – but not much on learning game design. You cannot do this with a game. Learn more.
Game Based Learning – Competition
AUGUST 29, 2016
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. Sure there is Gamelearn, but to use their game based courses you have to buy their platform where the games stay. If I am buying a game based learning course, I want it in my system, no yours. So I am going to challenge the game based learning course shops.
Ideas About Games and Learner Assessment
SEPTEMBER 24, 2012
Games would be so much better at teaching application. So here are some articles and ideas about using games for assessment of the application of skills and measuring a level of learning. Here is an interesting article titled Proof of Learning: Assessment in Serious Games. This makes MCQs the obvious first choice, and often the easiest choice, for assessment in serious games.
Learning Game Design Series, Part 3: Game Mechanics
JULY 17, 2013
Welcome to Part 3 of my multi-part Learning Game Design series. In my last post , I talked about Step 2 in my 5-step process for getting started in game design: getting familiar with game elements. Specifically, I focused on game goals and game dynamics. This post will stay on Step 2, but now we’ll be focusing instead on game mechanics. Summary.
Making Learning Games Effective: 5 ways of ensuring that players LEARN
JUNE 20, 2014
With the advent of computers, internet and communication technologies games have become more accessible, less costly, highly engaging and lots of fun for players of all ages. In addition, the worth of games in learning has also been explored in education and corporate training as well. A game is often described as having one or all of the following attributes.
Game Development: A Designer Perspective
FEBRUARY 14, 2017
After receiving an email permitting administrator level access to create games, view tutorials and much more, full reign was granted to explore the program. As a student relatively new to eLearning, with no experience building a game, I was concerned about what I was going to be able to produce. The game question setup was somewhat similar to Shape Escape. Explore Activities.
Play Games to Make Games
ATD Learning Technologies
MARCH 2, 2017
Using games to educate adults isn’t just a trend, it’s a compelling way to help people learn strategy, resource allocation, and innovative thinking. In fact, there is a large body of research that shows that games are more effective than lecture-based approaches to learning. The reasons for using games are obvious. Playing games help you learn the lingo of games.
Utilizing Gaming Elements: 5 Popular Ways Of Delivering Successful Game-Based Learning
JULY 6, 2016
Digital games have the potential to create active and engaging environments for learning, supporting problem-solving and learning through practice. Most technology-aided learning enthusiasts are eager to dive into game design so they can create learning games to be used in corporate settings. These features are included in games that help us immerse in the play experience.
Understanding The Difference Between Gamification and Game-based Learning
OCTOBER 20, 2015
Gamification and Game-based Learning (GBL) are both very popular trends in corporate learning now. The benefits of games is evident in training and learning – not only at the K-12 level, but in corporate circles as well. But both terms, Gamification and Game-based Learning, cannot be used interchangeably. Implementing Game-based Learning. Utilizing existing games.
10 eLearning Game Ideas for Instructional Designers
SEPTEMBER 20, 2013
Instructional Designers have the ability to make awesome eLearning games, they just don’t know it yet. Then, display that locked-in guess using variables as they complete your game or activity. Right next to their displayed estimate, display their actual score. Video games allow people to level up, get better equipment, change their appearance, or get more points.
Gamification in E-Learning – Are you Game for it?
JANUARY 3, 2016
Hence, the e-learning gurus cashed upon this aspect of ‘photo-memory’ being better, and gave it another dimension by the way of adding the elements of a live game to learning, i.e. They introduced the concept of gamification in e-learning. This gamification of non-game elements, especially learning is quite a unique idea. The post Gamification in E-Learning – Are you Game for it?
5 Ways Serious Games Can “Level Up” Your Sales Reps
JANUARY 28, 2015
Serious Games and Sales Reps: A Perfect Fit. There is a reason so many of the Bottom-Line Performance clients who ask us to design a custom serious game wish to use it with sales reps. Customers who use our Knowledge Guru platform often create their games for sales professionals, too. Games can prevent the need to “cram” new product knowledge.
A Counterpoint to Ruth Clark’s “Why Games Don’t Teach”
MARCH 12, 2013
She wrote an article with the provocative title, “Why Games Don’t Teach.” For those of us who are passionate about game-based learning (GBL), she caused a bit of an uproar. For those who are trying to figure out game-based learning, I fear she squelched them just with her headline. Games Teach; Poorly Designed Games Don’t. Szcurek, 1982 ( link ).
What are Serious Games?
MARCH 1, 2016
In the world of online learning buzzwords, serious games have raised their heads time and again, but what are they? Are they any different from game-based learning and if so, how? A couple of Google searches will show you that there are countless definitions of serious games (we last counted 33!) Why do we need Serious Games? What makes a game so engaging? Story.
How to Connect Games to a Corporate Learning Curriculum
FEBRUARY 5, 2014
Thinking about using games for learning? Using a serious game or gamification platform in corporate learning, can be a great option, but it’s not the the right solution for every situation. We often ask our customers and clients some simple questions to determine if a game fits their needs: Are your current learning solutions presenting challenges to people?
Five Lessons From Learning Game Development
NOVEMBER 15, 2010
We’ve had our fair share of digital learning game development projects; and a recent one threw a spoke in our design wheels like never before. Be absolutely certain about the game objective; what must the player do to win? – We had varied ideas and that resulted in a multitude of win-states, not nice for a learning game.