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Board Games and Card Games: Leading the Learning Game Field in 2018

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If past is prologue, the learning game industry is set for a wild ride in 2018. One of the most interesting trends and developments across the gaming industry is the surge in the popularity of both board and card games.

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What’s Old is New Again: Board Games & Card Games for Learning

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There has been an exciting surge in board games and card games for learning. Recently, I wrote about that surge over on LinkedIn in an article titled Board Games and Card Games: Leading the Learning Game Field in 2018.

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Is eLearning Dead? Is Instructional Design Dying with It?

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Death of Self-Pace eLearning.

Resources from Training Magazine’s Training 2018 Conference and Expo

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Here are the slides and some resources from my presentation Games, Gamification and Interactivity for Learning. Here are the slides: Games, Interactivity and Gamification for Learning from Karl Kapp. Here’s how to make notes right in PowerPoint.

How to Price and Package Customer Training

To charge or not to charge? That is the question many customer training teams are facing today. The answer, however, is not always a straightforward yes or no. Download this guide to learn more.

Tools of Engagement Slides from Texas Distance Learning Session

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Here are some slides and information covered in my presentation at the Texas Distance Learning Association conference. I’ve included the slides from the presentation and slide on using PollEverywhere and writing directly in PowerPoint in slideshow mode.

2016 Reflections on Games and Gamification for Learning

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In my work with games and gamification I have the opportunity to travel around the globe talking to folks who are working on various aspects of games and gamification from vendors to practitioners to consultants. During this year, I’ve seen a number of universal trends that are worth noting.

Keynote Resources for New Designs for Learning: Games & Gamification Conference

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Great time at the New Designs for Learning: Games and Gamification Conference. Met so many wonderful people and had a great time discussing games and gamification. Here are the slides from the keynote: Case of the Disengaged Learner: New Designs for Learning Conference from Karl Kapp.

Resources from Texas Distance Learning Association Keynote

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Here are some resources related to gamification and, more importantly, thinking like a game designer when creating instruction from my fun keynote with everyone form the Texas Distance Learning Association.

Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success

Off-the-shelf elearning is applicable for a wide audience, but it won’t address your organization’s unique situations or distinctive content. So are these courses all that helpful? For sure! Read on for 7 secrets to make off-the-self learning your own.

Preparing for Teaching This Academic Year

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As I prepare to enter my 19th year teaching at the University, I have had the privilege of watching several alumni from our program (students I have taught) go on to become professors and teach at other universities, colleges, community colleges and other academic institutions.

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A Conversation with John Blackmon of Trivantis

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The other day I had a chance to catch up with John Blackmon. John is the Chief Technology Officer for Trivantis as well as being one of the Co-Founders of the company.

Answering #Gamification Questions from a 7th Grade Student-Part 1

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The other day I received a very nice email from a 7th grade student in a high school is California. She wanted to know if I could answer a few questions about gamification as she saw my TEDx talk and has gotten interested in the subject of games and gamification for learning.

Book Writing Tips

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Recently a number of great folks I know in the L&D field have indicated they are working on a book. Writing a book is a great experience. Writing helps me clarify thoughts, focus my ideas and explore content. The writing process connects concepts in my mind together in deep meaningful ways.

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State of the Front-Line Manager

It's no secret that front-line managers are essential to your organization's success. They form the base of your leadership development funnel and, most likely, account for over half of all your organization's leaders. Improving how front-line managers perform yields mouthwatering increases in how individual contributors perform.

Struggling = Learning

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The other day, an online colleague of mine, Peter G. Shea, introduced me to the term “disfluent” from the book Smarter, Faster, Better by Charles Duhigg. The term means “harder to process at first but stickier once it was really understood.”

Answering #Gamification Questions from a 7th Grade Student-Part 2

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Here is part two of the questions about gamification from a 7th grade in a California school. How long have you taught with a traditional learning version? AND 11. How long have you taught with a gamified learning version?

InSync Presentation Resources: Case of the Disengaged Learner

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Great time presenting webinar for InSync Training today, here are some resources including the slides from the presentation. Case of the Disengaged Learner: InSync Training Presentation from Karl Kapp. If you are interested, you can buy the Detective characters and template here.

Conversation with Kevin Kruse–Best Selling Author

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I’ve known Kevin Kruse for many years. He and I met at a meeting of the Society for Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Trainers (now L-TEN) over a decade ago.

Your Guide to Creating a Customer Onboarding Program

Even if you don’t have a formal program in place, customer onboarding is already happening at your organization. The question is, are you dictating it and guaranteeing a great experience? If not, this guide can help help.

A Conversation with Brandon Carson

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Brandon Carson. The other day I had a chance to catch up with Brandon Carson who contributes to our industry in so many ways. He has been a speaker at Elliot Masie’s Learning conference ( here is a great video of Brandon talking to Elliot ).

Keynote Resources from #LUC2017

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The Lectora 2017 Users Conference promises to be an exciting and engaging event. Here are the slides from my keynote (but no peaking until it’s over). Mission Possible: Creating Learner Engagement from Karl Kapp.

Gameful Approaches to Motivation & Engagement: Recap of #WhartonGame Summit

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The other day I had the opportunity to attend a gamification summit held at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Screening of an Innovative Film Locally

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If you are in or around the Bloomsburg area… You might be interested in what is below: I’m happy to announce our screening of a new documentary that takes audiences into three innovative public schools where students are taught HOW to think rather than WHAT to think.

The Secret to Getting Learning Results May Not Be What You Think

Do you struggle to achieve measurable results with your learning solutions? If so, you’re not alone. According to CEB, traditional training only creates 37% learning transfer. This guide explores the causes of poor transfer and concrete steps to achieving better outcomes.

A Conversation with Paul Rosa: Co-Founder of Sploops!

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One of my many roles at Bloomsburg University is as the Assistant Director of the Entrepreneurial Leadership Center (ELC) where we encourage college students to think about starting their own business.

A Conversation with Author Catherine Lombardozzi

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The other day I caught up with Catherine Lombardozzi who is the principle behind the firm called Learning4Learning Professionals and author of a brand new book.

A Conversation about New “Agile Courseware” Book

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I received a notice in my in-box the other day about a new self-published book that discussed the idea of something called Lean-Agile Courseware by Raytheon. It turns out the book is nonfiction business book about applying Lean and Agile principles to the development of learning-related projects.

Thinking about Badges and Learning

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The other day some one asked me about badges and learning. Here are some thoughts on the subject. 1) Badging is good for indicating non-linear knowledge acquisition. Leveling tends to build upon the previous skills. 2) Badging can serve two purposes. One is to micro-credential a person.

2018 Customer Training Goals

Are your customer training goals actually achievable? Or will they be cast aside as your team gets caught up in their daily tasks? If you’re not sure, this guide can help.

Implementing Gamification? Consider These Tips

Kapp Notes

Here are some tips for implementing gamification. Align. Align game and gamification tools, methods and content with curriculum content objectives. Don’t just gamify or add game elements randomly, make sure the tools and methods match learning and curriculum outcomes.

ELO Conference Resources

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Here are resources for the March 7th workshop. We’ll cover a variety of products in our Maker Faire. Some of these slideshows will change slightly as we get closer to the event based on changes to the software. PowerPoint. Taking Notes Right in PowerPoint.

Game Element: Fantasy

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Recently, Deena Skolnick Weisberg, a senior fellow in the department of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, wrote an interesting article titled “ Why kids can learn more from tales of fantasy than realism.

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Off to DevLearn 2015

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Excited to be headed to DevLearn with a group of 9 students from our graduate program. It is so much fun to bring people new to the field to the DevLearn Conference. We are excited to be part of a large event. The students will get to experience some amazing events.

Living up to the Promise of eLearning: Closing the Learning-Doing Gap

It’s well documented that people leave managers – not companies. Download this guide to learn how to shift the perspective from event to journey and how to take learners through Proficiency Journeys to get results.

A Conversation with Álvaro Mas of Hooptap

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The other day, I had a wonderful Skype conversation with Álvaro Mas, business developer at Hooptap. He showed me an interesting product to help gamify learning. He also provided some examples of how they are implementing Hooptap solutions in various organizations.

TK Session Resources:Thinking Like a Game Designer

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Here are some resources related to gamification and, more importantly, thinking like a game designer when creating instruction. Here are the slides of my keynote. TH504 – Stop Thinking Like an Instructional Designer: Start Thinking Like a Game Designer from Karl Kapp.

What Happens in a Story…Happens in Your Brain

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We all intuitively know that when we hear or read a story, we often will mentally “act out” various aspects of the story and vividly visualize what is happening within the story.

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Create Your Own Board/Card Game Resources

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Many people ask me for some good resources or supplies for creating their own instruction or learning oriented board game or card game. There are several resources you can use. Here is a partial list.

Content Planning Map: A Template for Training Teams

Are you delivering disjointed feature-based training? Rather than looking at small tasks, focus training content on goals that you want your students to achieve. Download the template to learn how!