Ideas About Games and Learner Assessment

Kapp Notes

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. Game

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. Games

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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. Testing Games are games where the learner already needs to know the information to be successful. Games

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Commercial Games vs Learning Games: Avoid the “Bling”

Knowledge Guru

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. The commercial developer’s goal is to keep players engaged in their game.

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Game Element: Fantasy

Kapp Notes

Why include a fantasy element in the design of learning games for adults. In terms of the cognitive benefits, the issues confronted and successfully resolved in the fantasy world provide the learners with natural constructive feedback in an uninhibited interaction.

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Games To Gamification

Learnnovators

Slowly, as the human species evolved, (around 70,000 to 80,000 years ago), they started hunting small game. The word ‘game’ here means any animal hunted for food. The term game was used as a medieval hunting terminology in the late 13th century.

Reengaging Learners Using Gamification and Game-Based Learning

InSync Training

Karl Kapp, gamification expert and friend of InSync Training, recently helped BYTE session attendees "solve the case of the disengaged learner," and provided detailed recommendations for effectively including games in our instructional designs. BYTE Session Recap.

What Games Can Teach Us about “Communicating” with Learners

Kapp Notes

Recently I came across the paper “ Learning from Games: HCI Design Innovation in Entertainment Software &# from the folks at The Interaction Lab at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada. Game interfaces with maps, transparent windows and draggable configuration. Games

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

Knowledge Guru

You built a wonderful learning game. Before we dive in and diagnose why your learners didn’t learn, grab a piece of real or digital paper. Perhaps you do – and perhaps you fully intend to do that course or play that game. Create a well-designed game.

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Learner Engagement – Are Games the Answer?

Association eLearning

Everyone is talking about increasing engagement, and many are turning to gamification, social learning networks, and anything else they think will work to increase learner engagement. I often get asked by clients and attendees of my gamification education sessions, “Are games really the answer to increased learner engagement and knowledge retention?” So they ask us to “convert” their learning into a game. And wrapping a game around that won’t fix the problem.

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

Bottom-Line Performance

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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Do Your Learners Know the ‘Why’?

Bottom-Line Performance

Many learning leaders struggle to help learners feel accountable for their own growth and development. It might have all of the right content and still fail to help learners change their behavior. Sometimes training is too general and not meaningful to learners in their specific role.

Game Based Learning – Why Does it Work?

Bottom-Line Performance

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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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

Using Heuristic Evaluation to Craft the Perfect Learner Journey

Origin Learning

One can have the best-written storyboards with the impressive videos and engaging assessments but if you do not focus on user/learner experience; then the purpose of your eLearning solution is defeated. Let the Learner Know. Crafting the Perfect Learner Journey the Origin Way.

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

Knowledge Guru

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. Few instructional designers have real game design experience or skills. What is Learning Game Design?

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eLearning: Engaging All Groups of Learners

Origin Learning

In a classroom training setup, it has always been challenging to accommodate learners with different learning styles and keep them engaged throughout the teaching-and-learning cycle. The eLearning courses are developed keeping in mind the visual, auditory, and kinesthetic types of learners.

Once Is Not Enough: How to Playtest Custom Learning Games

Bottom-Line Performance

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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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?

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.

Upcoming Webinar “Interactivity, Games and Gamification: Creating Engaged Learners”

Kapp Notes

Join me on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 12:30PM Pacific / 3:30PM Eastern for a 60 minute presentation called “Interactivity, Games and Gamification: Creating Engaged Learners” The presentation description: Based on the bestselling learning book, “The Gamification of Learning and Instruction” this presentation introduces, defines, and describes the concepts of gamification, games for learning and interactivity. Are you challenging your learners?

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2016 Reflections on Games and Gamification for Learning

Kapp Notes

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. Continued Strong Interest in Gamification and Game-based Learning.

Game on, ‘learn’

Origin Learning

Another instance is the incorporation of a ‘game’ model to make the induction experience in an organization interesting. Such a game format also challenges the curiosity quotient of the new entrant! All of us have a competitive streak.

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Three ways learning games (aka serious games) differ from just “games”

Knowledge Guru

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. I am not good at games.”

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6 Must-Read Learning Game Design Books

Knowledge Guru

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.

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Game Element: Freedom

Kapp Notes

We don’t often think of something as abstract as “freedom” as a game element but actually, “freedom” is a large part of games. But games provide more than the freedom to fail. Games are a sandbox for life. Course On Game Elements.

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Games Teach!

Kapp Notes

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. Games

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Six Truths About Implementing a Learning Game that Gets Results

Knowledge Guru

I love games—but that does not mean I think a game is the appropriate option for every learning situation. You may need to go through 5-8 iterations to get a custom game right. 2) Games are not a panacea. Learners are smart people.

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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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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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Rules and Instructional Games

Kapp Notes

At its simplest form, a game is just a set of defined rules. Without rules, games would not exist. In the book, Rules of Play: Game Design Fundamentals , the authors define three types of rules that apply to games. These are the rule that describe how the game is played.

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

Bottom-Line Performance

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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Why video game mechanics work, and how they’re used to engage online learners

Growth Engineering

An estimated two billion people play video games, and the global video game market will generate just shy of $100 billion in 2016, according to the latest research published by Newzoo. Of course, it would have been impossible for the success of video games to slip under the radar.

How to Target Training to Learner Personas (Free Worksheet)

Bottom-Line Performance

What do learners want? But what about your target learners? Here’s our definition of a learner persona, based off of Hubspot’s buyer persona description: A semi-fictionalized representation of your target learners. So how do you create a Learner Persona?

4 Reasons Why eLearning Games Are a Must for Retail Learners

eLearning Brothers

When you’re creating training for employees working in a retail organization, eLearning games are a must. In the world of retail, there’s very little chance that a learner will be able to complete a module without interruption. Guest blog post by Liz Sheffield.

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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Using eLearning Games as an eLearning Strategy

eLearning Brothers

We can think of (at least) five reasons why you should use eLearning games as a strategy: Creativity. Whether you’re a team of one or a team of ten, eLearning games provide you – as the designer – a way to get creative about how you help learners learn.