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You Built a Great Learning Game… Why Aren’t You Getting Results?

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You built a wonderful learning game. So why aren’t you reaping results from it? Before we dive in and diagnose why your learners didn’t learn, grab a piece of real or digital paper. I’m going to ask you to write down things and answer some questions.

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When Learning Games Go Small: The Four Principles of Design

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The education game market continues to grow rapidly, and mobile games are the dominant force within this market.

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Why Adults Should Love Game-Based Learning

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I’m publishing this blog on Valentine’s Day, a day that is supposed to be all about love. This blog is about love, but not the romantic type. Instead, think about a hobby or activity that you love. Kids, for example, might love to play soccer or love to play video games like Minecraft.

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Instructional Design vs. Learning Game Design: What’s the Difference?

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Your manager decides to include games and gamification as part of this year’s training strategy. As the instructional designer, she expects you to create the learning game.

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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!

Gamification vs Game-Based Learning: What’s the Difference?

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Every year, the NCAA invites people from all over the world to participate in one of college sports greatest spectacles: March Madness. If you are reading this from the United States, chances are high that you have filled out a NCAA men’s basketball bracket before.

Commercial Games vs Learning Games: Avoid the “Bling”

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I recently had a conversation with a game developer who was interested in becoming a subcontractor for us. While we do almost all of our development in-house, I thought I would entertain the conversation to see his capabilities. This developer shared several examples of games he had developed.

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How Games & Gamification Can Help Align Processes and Procedures

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Some people cringe when they hear the words “process” or “procedure.” ” Others appreciate and value them. Either way, processes and procedures are essential to a successful organization.

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

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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.

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.

Turn Your Product Knowledge Training into a “Hero’s Journey”

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You need to deliver training to your employees and want it to be “engaging.” ” You’ve read articles and attended webinars that discuss making learning experiences engaging, yet most of the advice seems vague. What is an engaging learning solution?

Training Reinforcement: An Insurance Policy for Your Training

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Few topics get people less excited than insurance. Some cringe in frustration. Others yawn with boredom. Yet we all know in our heart of hearts that insurance is a necessity.

How to Engage Learners Before, During and After Training

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How many times are you distracted or interrupted during a normal work day? What about your learners? How often are they pulled away from their planned activities? Let’s face it: distraction often feels like the norm for many of us.

6 Must-Read Learning Game Design Books

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Designing a game is no easy task, but do you know what’s even more difficult? Designing a game that helps people actually learn something. The BLP team (creators of Knowledge Guru) is no stranger to the challenges that come with learning game creation. That’s why we read about it!

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The Essential Template for Your Customer Training Strategy

Looking to build your customer training strategy? The process can be overwhelming, if you don’t have a set plan from the start. This template can help.

Why Sales Managers Struggle with Coaching

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Have you ever heard the phrase, “Those who can, do; those who can’t do, teach”? If you’re a sales manager, you’re living proof that this is often far from the truth. Lots of companies take their top performing sales reps and turn them into sales managers at some point in their careers.

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5 Mobile Learning Must-Haves for 2016

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Mobile learning has come a long way over the last several years. Some organizations have truly embraced mobile as a training delivery method, learning as they go how to create an impactful mobile strategy.

Bloom’s Taxonomy and Learning Games

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You have a clear business problem, a related instructional goal, and a desire to incorporate learning games to help you achieve your instructional goal. But which games are best? To answer the question, focus on crafting relevant learning objectives.

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How Sharon Boller and Karl Kapp’s Learning Game Design Process Works

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Last week we announced Sharon Boller and Dr. Karl Kapp’s new book on learning game design on the BLP blog. It’s called “Play to Learn: Everything You Need to Know About Designing Effective Learning Games.”

Take training beyond your LMS: technical considerations for extended enterprise

You know the benefits of extended enterprise. But how do you execute the plan? Learn more about the technical considerations that can help you create a strategy to manage the delivery and tracking of product training across a variety of systems.

7 Steps to an Effective Serious Game or Gamification Implementation

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Are you a do-it-yourselfer? When it comes to serious games, ATD says you probably are.

Knowledge Guru Spring ’14 Release is All About Options

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You want to use games for learning, but you need the games to fit the unique requirements of your organization. You believe that serious games can increase engagement and retention, but you are not so convinced that a platform can allow you to create games with enough variety to please your learners.

5 Learning Trends to Watch at #ATD2016

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Some learning trends end up changing the corporate learning world for good. Others turn out to be fads, here today and gone tomorrow. But no matter what their staying power might be, trends become popular for a reason.

How to Increase Learner Retention from Compliance Training… and Reduce Boredom

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HazComm. HIPAA. Hazmat. These acronyms don’t exactly arouse a feeling of fun, do they? No one wants to take compliance training, yet a huge percentage of corporate learning is centered around compliance. What gives?

Aligning Customer Training With Certifications

Want to deliver a cohesive customer training certification program? From strategy to systems to job functions, it's time for us to reassess how learning and certifications are delivered together. Download the guide to see how!

What’s the Benefit of “Fun” in Games?

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Yes, I know. You’ve heard that games are very useful for learning. However, it’s less about creating a game than actually understanding what it is that people find “fun” about playing games. There is power in understanding what makes games engaging to us.

The Importance of Aesthetics in Serious Games

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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.

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Gamification and Serious Games Headed to the Mainstream

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Gartner Group, which monitors trends across many industries, has labeled gamification as a trend that is sliding into the “trough of disillusionment” within the education industry. Does that mean that it—and its cousin learning games—are dying?

Designing a Learning Game? Play these 3 Games First

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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.

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2017 Customer Training Benchmarks Study

What are the baseline metrics for a successful customer training program? Find out in Skilljar's inaugural customer training benchmarks study, which includes an analysis of completion rates, course duration, and more. Click to download.

How Do Serious Games Work in a Large Enterprise?

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Organizations of all sizes are turning to game-based learning , serious games , and gamification to solve a range of learning and development challenges. For some, the challenge is one of engagement; learners are tired of traditional eLearning and programs are seeing diminishing returns.

Serious Game Evaluation Worksheet (Free Download)

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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.

Games vs Simulations: Choosing the Right Approach for Learning

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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.

Breaking Up With SCORM: It’s Not You, It’s Me

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Many organizations are ready for learners to stop clicking next to continue, but still need to track what formal training those learners have completed. They’re limited by the constraints of SCORM, so their L&D efforts start to look the same year after year.

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Employee Training Playbook by Lessonly

Strengthen new employees and develop existing teams with Lessonly’s Employee Training Playbook.

Six Truths About Implementing a Learning Game that Gets Results

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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.

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Safety and Compliance Training: Should it Be a Game?

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Safety training is often viewed as a “check the box” activity inside organizations. Managers don’t like giving it. Employees don’t like taking it… and that’s just “the way it is.”

3 Questions that Keep Product Managers Up at Night

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Product managers are passionate people. They are passionate about the products they create and the problems they solve for their customers. Product managers spend thousands of hours researching, testing and developing their products before its time to commercialize.

Four Strategies for Long-Term Retention in Corporate Learning (White Paper)

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In some organizations, training is a “check the box,” “we’ve always done it this way” activity. That may work in some situations, but what about when remembering really matters?

3 Ways to Create a Best in Class Customer Training Plan

Looking to improve your training plan for Q4 and beyond? Download this guide to learn how the right goals, education, and tools can help.