Moving Games Forward

Kapp Notes

Here is an interesting whitepaper called Moving Learning Games Forward: Obstacles, Opportunities and Openness written by Eric Klopfer, Scot Osterweil, and Katie Salen with contributions by Jason Haas, Jennifer Groff and Dan Roy and right out of the Education Arcade.

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Good Games, Good Learning

Upside Learning

The paper describes a Professor of Reading’s teachers experience and learning from playing digital games and describes some of the learning principles good games incorporate. Then the game reacts back, giving the player feedback and new problems.

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2 More Game Mechanics To Include In Learning Games

Upside Learning

As I mentioned in my previous post , we’re continuing to explore game mechanics that are apt for learning. While I mentioned three that are a ‘must-include’ in a learning game, the ones I’m about to mention two that aren’t quite at that level.

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Good Games and Good Learning

Kapp Notes

James Paul Gee, who writes prolifically about video games for learning, has a paper out titled Good Video Games and Good Learning. You should check it out yourself but here are a few points from the 14 he lists in the article related to the learning principles good games incorporate.

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Adding Social To Learning Games

Upside Learning

As our services in game design and development advance, we’re often asked how ‘social gaming’ paradigms can be used in learning games. I’ve been doing some thinking about social games; what makes them tick. It seems manipulative, but social games do it all the time.

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Top Game Lists from Others: Best and Worst

Kapp Notes

So, from the video game perspective, here are some ideas. Here is the list of top ten most disappointing games of 2010 found at Wired. site check out 5 Worst Video Games of 2010. Here is a list of top ten video game awards from msnbc. What are the best and worst of 2010? Content Guide Games video gamesSo its the time of year to talk about best and worst. Worst.

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3 Barriers to adoption of Serious Games/Immersive Learning Simulations

Kapp Notes

Here is my answer to the second of a series of questions from a graduate student about serious games/immersive learning environments. The question is What have been the barriers to widespread adoption of Serious Games/Immersive Learning Simulations?

Our Favorite Game Design Blogs

Upside Learning

Over so often I get asked what fundamentals of game design apply to the design of learning games – a very difficult question to answer that. Playing video games is one obvious way to imbibe the essential philosophy of digital games and the varied game-play mechanics.

11 Free Game Creation Software Programs (At least for 30 Days)

Kapp Notes

If you are thinking of creating an educational game but don't want to invest a lot of money, you can try out these free software programs (or free for 30 days in some cases), some are 2D and some are 3D. Game Maker can be used free of charge. You can also make a space adventure game.

Army Discovers the Weapon to Kill PowerPoint Briefings…Video Games

Kapp Notes

Part of that mission is occasionally playing the role of insurgent in a video game-type environment. Looking at a battle from multiple perspectives is one of the advantage of video-game based briefings. Now, [with video-game re-enactments, we put you in the battle.

Using Fantasy in Instructional #Games

Kapp Notes

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. In the 1980’s Thomas Malone wanted to investigate why games are so much fun and motivational.

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3D Video Game Revolution is Close

Kapp Notes

There are too many happenings in and initiatives in 3D gaming for me not to believe that a 3D-revolution is very, very close. For example, the first ever 3D-Gaming Summit was held earlier this month where dozens of game developers, business executives and other stereoscopic 3-D gaming advocates converged to discuss the future of 3D in a living room near you. One market drive many see behind the sale of these sets are gamers purchasing 3D video games.(Source:

Impact of Games on the Economy, the World and Schools

Kapp Notes

Here are some interesting facts about the video game industry in terms of the impact on society from The Entertainment Software Association web site. The report stated: From 2005 to 2010, the entertainment software industry’s revenue more than doubled. Education Games

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5 Good TED Talks On Games

Upside Learning

As games continue to establish themselves into our daily lives, the future as we know it will not be the same. Below are a few interesting talks from TED’s past, focusing on games, which are sure to get you thinking. Jesse Schell: When games invade real life.

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Top 75 eLearning Posts - May 2010

eLearning Learning Posts

May 2010. Performance Learning Productivity , May 28, 2010 Instructional design is not only seen as a core competency for learning and development/training specialists, but it’s a huge industry, too. A Defense of the LMS (and a case for the future of Social Learning) - Social Enterprise Blog , May 12, 2010 For some time now, I’ve seen a growing negativity toward LMS solutions by a pretty wide group folks in our space. LMS Resources - aLearning , May 8, 2010 I know, I know.

Using Games and Avatars to Change Learner Behavior

Kapp Notes

After the game was over, participants waited as the researcher then “accidently” spilled a cup of pens a few feet away. Other research has shown that pro-social gamesgames where the player is helping others—have a positive influence on pro-social behavior. 60 (2010) 723–742.

Teaching Online Courses – 60 Great Resources

Tony Karrer

Ways to Tell a Story (Alan Levine) - ZaidLearn , December 16, 2007 The power of Voice in online classrooms - eLearning Acupuncture , May 31, 2010 The Secret Recipe to Delivering World Class Lectures - ZaidLearn , August 29, 2009 E-teaching personality is good for e-learning - Electronic Papyrus , January 5, 2010 Online Discussions Face-to-Face Versus Threaded Discussions: The Role of Time and Higher Order Thinking Dr. Katrina A.

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eLearning Conferences 2011

Tony Karrer

Past years eLearning Conferences 2010 , eLearning Conferences 2009. December 2010 November 30-December 3, 2010 International Workshop on Cloud Privacy, Security, Risk and Trust (CPSRT), Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA.

Online courses must die!

E-Learning Provocateur

Yes, I know you can embed real interactivity into courseware via games, branched simulations, virtual worlds etc, but hardly anyone does that. Suddenly SMEs are back in the game… Write up a Word doc and convert it? A touch dramatic, isn’t it?

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10 Serious Games that changed the world

Growth Engineering

Game-based learning is just one term covered by serious games, but serious games have had a serious impact in society. Flight Simulators are the grandfathers of serious games so it seems only right to mention the most successful commercial flight simulator of them all.

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Gastrogaming for Your Labor Day

Kapp Notes

Well, the celebration doesn't have to end even when the weather gets cold, there are plenty of fun and exciting cooking games that you can play to stay sharp. Here are just a few of the dozens of cooking games you can play. With games like "Pizza Delivery Boy" and "Cake Mania" you know you'll have a good time cooking up a storm. Tags: Games video games Labor Day is here, traditionally, many people in the US consider it the last day of summer.

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Formal Learning All the Way.Baby

Kapp Notes

If I want assurances of outcomes, I want someone formally trained. __ Catalog of Recommended Books, Games and Gadgets Recommended Games and Gadgets Recommended Books Content Guide. There has been a lot of talk about formal vs. informal learning in the educational blogosphere and when it comes right down to it, formal learning is the most effective. Here's why.

Hey Teachers: Educational Game Testers Needed

Kapp Notes

I don’t work with the game Immune Attack but got this notice today that they are looking for teachers to help test it. We spent 2010 developing an excellent test of learning and attitudes toward molecular biology. Games

Contest: Test Your 3D Instructional Design Skills and Win Some Money

Kapp Notes

Here is a contest where you can put your design skills to use and win some nifty software: Caspian Learning today announced their plans to launch a Serious Games Challenge worth £3000 ($4, 514.79

More Random Web 2.0 Statistics

Kapp Notes

In January 2010, over 75,000,000 people visited Twitter.com representing 1,100% growth over January 2009. The January 2010 sales surpassed December 2009 sales of 19.1 Estimated number of iPads sold as of April 11, 2010 821,000. Here are some more random Web 2.0

A Brief History of Instructional Design

Origin Learning

Many modern concepts in multi-user computing such as forums,e-mail, chat rooms, message boards, online testing, picture languages, remote screen sharing, multiplayer games and instant messaging were developed on PLATO. 2010 and beyond. Instructional Design has come a long way.

Exploring the Concept of Learning Archetypes as tools of Cybergogy with Light Sequent

Kapp Notes

If you want to see a video of a presentation where Lesley rezz's items, check out this presentation called Learning Archetypes as tools of Cybergogy: A structure for eTeaching in Second Life which she presented at the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education conference in 2010.

Open Source eLearning Tools

Tony Karrer

You can find a long list of tools broken into authoring tools, games/simulations, quiz/test tools, social media, delivery platforms, tracking and whether they support mobile. Open Source LMS Other Open Source LMS Solutions - eLearning 24-7 , April 14, 2010 Open Source life, LMSs beyond Moodle - Learning Rocks , December 18, 2008 Open Source LMS - eLearning Technology , December 10, 2009 The Real Cost of a Free (Open Source) LMS!

Transferring Knowledge: Making Technology Work for Your Library Presentation Materials

Kapp Notes

Here are the materials for my presentation related to making technology work for your library. Here are the slides: Bridging the Boomer/Gamer Knowledge Gap in the Library View more presentations from kkapp.

The super small "Mactini"

Kapp Notes

In fact, it's so funny, its a little scary in terms of what it says about technology. __ Catalog of Recommended Books, Games and Gadgets Recommended Games and Gadgets Recommended Books Content Guide. Here is a fun video for a Friday afternoon.

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Top 50 eLearning Posts For 2010

Upside Learning

So we thought it would be interesting to look back upon the Upside Learning blog for some of the most popular and noteworthy posts of 2010. Here are Upside Learning’s Top 50 eLearning Posts of 2010. 5 Good TED Talks On Games. 5 Lessons From Learning Game Development.

Presentation Resources for DPW Webinar

Kapp Notes

Here is an article about some of the dangers of using PowerPoint incorrectly: We Have Met the Enemy and He Is PowerPoint __ Catalog of Recommended Books, Games and Gadgets Recommended Games and Gadgets Recommended Books Content Guide.

Out and About: Past and Upcoming Events

Kapp Notes

Upcoming Events March Tuesday, March 23, 2010: Presenting at an AdvaMed event called Employee Training Under FDA Scrutiny: Creating and Maintaining Robust Training Programs. Wednesday, March 24, 2010: Presenting a webinar to the members of the MI AECT chapter from 7:30pm - 9:00pm (1hr presentation, 30 mins discussion) titled "Learning in 3D." Tuesday, March 30, 2010: Presenting a PowerPoint webinar to the PA Coalition Against Rape.