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7 Steps to an Effective Gamification Implementation. Premium Content: This article is part of Links Plus, a premium ATD subscription.

7 Steps to an Effective Gamification Implementation

Whether you are preparing to launch your first serious game or just looking to make your next initiative more successful, Sharon and Steven Boller offer these tips for a successful implementation. Sharon Boller Sharon Boller is president and chief product officer of Bottom-Line Performance, Inc. Serious games, studies and tools. Ethics in Gaming 5.0. Board games are excellent opportunities for examining the good and bad ethical qualities in yourself and others, and for cultivating good ethical practices.

Ethics in Gaming 5.0

More often than not, games naturally lead to developing these good qualities. Games Teach Ethics Games, by their very nature, teach ethical principles. The vast majority of games require patience and fair play, which tends to be naturally enforced by your fellow players. Game design concepts applied to business: Technology forecast: PwC. The game-based redesign of mainstream business Gaming companies have plumbed the depths of motivation for decades.

Game design concepts applied to business: Technology forecast: PwC

How can what they’ve learned be applied to business? By Alan Morrison, Bo Parker, and Christopher Carfi Millions of potential customers have visited the Autodesk website each year, and many of them have downloaded trial versions of its professional design software. But until recently, most haven’t been motivated to work with the complex tools long enough to see their value. Andrzej Marczewski's Blog - What’s the difference between Gamification and Serious Games? The following blog post, unless otherwise noted, was written by a member of Gamasutra’s community.

Andrzej Marczewski's Blog - What’s the difference between Gamification and Serious Games?

The Little-Known Surprise That Improves Learning in Serious Games. Tags: code red triage, erik van der spek, improve learning, surprise Erik Van der Spek conducted a study which was published within the British Journal of Educational Technology.

The Little-Known Surprise That Improves Learning in Serious Games

Van der Spek and his peers at the University of Utrecht used a model of the game Half Life 2 to develop a training scenario. The most memorable films and books tend to be the ones that involve intricate plot twists and turns. The endings we remember are the most surprising ones, such as Bruce Willis’s character in The Sixth Sense discovering his own shocking identity, or Darth Vadar revealing that he is Luke’s father in The Empire Strikes Back.

Results From Game Design Challenge: Let's Get Serious. Ten reasons why game based learning works in education. Boom Culture. The Power of Creativity: How Game Design Changes the Way We Think - Brian Waniewski - Life. Game designers, who must capture and retain players' attention and interest quickly, need to understand human psychology and culture Every summer, fifty fifth graders converge on Manhattan for a week-long game design camp called Mobile Quest and magic happens.

The Power of Creativity: How Game Design Changes the Way We Think - Brian Waniewski - Life

In only a few days, the familiar urban landscape is transformed. The mesh metal trash cans on every street corner become portals to a vast underground enemy fortress. The squirrels in Washington Square Park become spies burying secrets. Instructional Game Considerations. Using Games and Gamification for Employee Screening I was interviewed a while ago about the use of games and gamification within the employee selection process, here are some of the questions and responses.

Instructional Game Considerations

Can you give an example of a gamified hiring process? One example is to gamifiy the process of selection of people to work in the cyber security industry. So […] Continue Reading → Playing with the Definition of “Game Thinking” for Instructional Designers Soon I will be presenting at the ASTD International Conference in Washington, DC. Continue Reading →

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Serious Games. Networked Learning Design - Make learners drive your design. The learning problems that designers need to tackle are becoming more complex.

Networked Learning Design - Make learners drive your design

Networked Learning Design - Debate with your design. Problem summary Good design is like a debate in which the designer “converses” with the thing they are designing.

Networked Learning Design - Debate with your design

They try out ideas, see what works, shift positions and try new things, often in a fluid, messy, semi-conscious way. As it is this conversation that creates the value, any “efficient” processes that minimises conversation removes value. Rather like film writers and playwrights, learning designers face the problem that what they’re designing is primarily an experience, not a tangible product. Networked Learning Design - Occasional rants - Why serious games work - an over-simplified view. I've just been working on a presentation for a client about what serious games are and how they work.

Networked Learning Design - Occasional rants - Why serious games work - an over-simplified view

It's been really fun. One thing that I think confuses people, or perhaps overwhelms them, are the large number of ways in which games appear to support learning. For example, James Paul Gee lists no less than 36 learning principles. Donald Clark lists ten reasons for games in learning. And, of course, these lists are all really useful. So a couple of years ago I produced a very simple little model. They provide motivationThey offer varying degrees of simulation They tie experiences together through narration. Networked Learning Design - Understand the constraints. Problem summary. Networked Learning Design - Find out what people like.

Problem summary The challenge of producing learning experiences that learners will genuinely engage with is getting increasingly complex. As technology allows for learning resources to be ever more closely embedded into peoples’ lives, these experiences have to compete for attention directly. If an online learning resource isn’t as engaging as a news site, the learner’s favourite chat room, doing the shopping or watching football, the close box is only a click away.

Networked Learning Design - Understand the context. Problem summary Learning needs arise in specific contexts. So to truly understand a learning need, a learning designer needs to gain a deep understanding of the context in which the need arises. Discussion. Jane McGonigal: Gaming can make a better world. Aiming for “Transfer” with Educational Games: the wrong question. As mentioned in previous posts, I recently presented a paper at CHI 2011 (available online for free here). At both the academic session itself, and through bumping into people afterwards, one question kept coming up.