5 games every e-learning professional should play

E-Learning Provocateur

In fact, 63% of American households are home to someone who plays video games regularly (hardly a sub-culture). In other words, the playing of video games has normalised. As time marches on, not gaming is becoming abnormal.

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Testing Games vs. Teaching Games

Kapp Notes

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.

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When Learning Games Go Small: The Four Principles of Design

Knowledge Guru

The education game market continues to grow rapidly, and mobile games are the dominant force within this market. for corporate learning games will be over 20% between 2017 – 2022 and about 35% globally with the U.S. and India being the top two markets for serious game play.

Game Element: Fantasy

Kapp Notes

Why include a fantasy element in the design of learning games for adults. In a game with Zombies teaching a sales model, the exact sales model that is used in the field can be used in the game. Finally, fantasy in games can be highly motivational.

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Take training beyond your LMS: technical considerations for extended enterprise

helps remove the friction of accessing training, ensures your external teams are well-informed. The importance of up-to- date information Things move fast and product training must keep. accurate information. a real game-changer for your company.

To Game or Not to Game? The Best Ways to Use Games for Learning

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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. Using a game as the Primary Learning Method.

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Game Element: Balance

Kapp Notes

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? Design Games

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Instructional Game Projects

Kapp Notes

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. You can link here for additional information. You can link here for additional information.

Game Based Learning – Why Does it Work?

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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]

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The Importance of Aesthetics in Serious Games

Knowledge Guru

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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Game Element: Strategy

Kapp Notes

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. Design Games

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

Knowledge Guru

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. Want to design your own learning game?

Once Is Not Enough: How to Playtest Custom Learning Games

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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. Example: Serious Game for Healthcare Workers.

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Instructional Games and Narrative

Kapp Notes

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.

Bloom’s Taxonomy and Learning Games

Knowledge Guru

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? Building a Drive game? The right column identifies game types that work well for that level.

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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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Game or Mini-Game: Which Should You Choose for Your Training Solution?

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You want to incorporate games into your learning experience. Do you go with one large game as THE learning solution or do you incorporate several smaller games… what we call “mini-games?”. It’s not a “mini-game” if it takes an hour for people to play.

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Game Based Learning – Competition

eLearning 24-7

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. And those who create game based learning in authoring tools.

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Video games as Good Teachers

Kapp Notes

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 [51]. Contrast that gaming environment with a typical classroom environment that dominates the current educational landscape.

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Flash for Instructional Game Development

Kapp Notes

There are several books that can help you to utilize Adobe’s Flash (which I know has a bad wrap due to Apple, however, it is still great for creating instructional games). Here is another interesting book, its a little older but still has some relevant information. Games

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Learning Game Design: a Blog Series by Sharon Boller

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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.

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What’s the Benefit of “Fun” in Games?

Knowledge Guru

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. Yes, I know.

Got Game?

Clark Quinn

Why should you, as a learning designer, take a game design workshop? What is the relationship between games and learning? 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.

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Three Guidelines for Effectively Integrating Games in the Classroom

Kapp Notes

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.

7 Steps to an Effective Serious Game or Gamification Implementation

Knowledge Guru

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.

Who Are Learning Games For?

Growth Engineering

Learning games have been popular in schools for decades, but the potential of game-based learning is gradually being realised by the wider learning and development sphere. Let’s take a look at the types of people who are availing of learning games.

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Learning Game Design Series, Part 1: Play and Evaluate Games

Knowledge Guru

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 focus on one particular genre (video games, board games, etc.),

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21 Brilliant Resources for Up-skilling Learning Designers (for the Informal & Social Learning Age)

Learnnovators

THE JOURNEY: We, like many out there, are of the view that, though most learning designers possess good levels of skills around the traditional training (formal learning) area, their skill levels fall short around the informal or social learning areas. This is mainly because designing informal and social learning experiences for workplaces demands a diverse and unique set of qualities.

Game Element: Rewards

Kapp Notes

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. Not as critical in console games.

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2015 Reflections on Games and Gamification for Learning

Kapp Notes

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 Gamification

Learning Game Design Series, Part 3: Game Mechanics

Knowledge Guru

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.

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Making Learning Games Effective: 5 ways of ensuring that players LEARN

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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.

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Top 100 Learning Game Resources

Upside Learning

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.

Why Learning Games Succeed Where Traditional Training Fails

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And what makes learning games so special anyway? It’s not that we dislike traditional training, we just think there are a lot more benefits to learning games. For example, learning games are fun, competitive, rewarding, interactive, and attention-grabbing. But learning games?

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Free Lectora Game Template

eLearning Brothers

Looking for a Free Game Template for Lectora? The Trivia Game Template is one of the most popular games in the Template Library. Free Lectora Game Template. Free Game Template for Lectora. Video on How to Use the Lectora Game Templates.

Match Content to be Learning with Right Game Type

Kapp Notes

Matching the right type of game-thinking and mechanics to the right type of content to be learned, is the right way to design an instructional game. While the addition of these games adds variety and interest to e-learning courses, this is not a highest value use of game-based learning.

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

Kapp Notes

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. Games, Gamification, and the Quest for Learner Engagement. Serious Game Element: Fantasy.

Four Videos on #Games for Learning, Education & Changing the World

Kapp Notes

Here are four videos by some really smart people discussing games for learning, education and changing the world. Their world views on games are interesting and they all tackle the concept slightly differently. Games

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Tool For Creating Educational Games

LearnDash

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. But what about games?