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Game Element: Fantasy

Recently, Deena Skolnick Weisberg, a senior fellow in the department of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, wrote an interesting article titled “Why kids can learn more from tales of fantasy than realism.” The article reminded me of some work I’ve done recently in looking at the role of fantasy in learning and why fantasy […]

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A Conversation with Bryan Austin of mLevel

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Bryan Austin, mLevel’s Vice President of Learning Innovation.  I’ve known Bryan for a while and he has always been passionate about games for learning and it was good to catch up with him. We discussed the evolution of the mLevel game-based learning platform and how it has helped a number of […]

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Recap ATD China Summit 2015

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak on the topic of “Games, Gamification and Innovative Learning Techniques” at the ATD China Summit held in Shanghai, China. The summit was a wonderful blend of international speakers, representatives from some of the largest learning companies and organizations in China and ATD leaders. The variety and range of […]

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A Conversation with Louise Pasterfield, Managing Director/CEO of Sponge UK

When I was at Learning2015, I met some wonderful people and one of the people I had the privilege of spending some time with was Louise Pasterfield of the UK company Sponge, UK. Louise showed me some wonderful elearning solutions they’ve developed, shared with me her secrets for hiring good talent and provide great insights […]

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Slides and Resources from My Keynote at The allen EXPERIENCE

Today I had the pleasure of being the closing keynote at The Allen Experience and met some awesome people and had a great time. Here are the slides and other resources from the presentation. Here are the slides. Don't Think Like an Instructional Designer—Think Like a Game Designer from Karl Kapp Here are some other […]

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Game Element: Balance

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 the idea of not too challenging but not too difficult? Is it creating an experience that is completely fair with each person having an opportunity to win every time they […]

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Game Element: Freedom

We don’t often think of something as abstract as “freedom” as a game element but actually, “freedom” is a large part of games. Games give you the freedom to fail, you can safely do something wrong and then start over again with minimal consequences and almost no longer term negative implications. But games provide more […]

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Serious Play Conference Resources

Here are the slides from the conference presentation. They include the citations to the research I mentioned in the presentation. Where is the learning in games? from Karl Kapp Here is a link to the 2KLearning web site. Articles of Interest Three Guidelines for Effectively Integrating Games in the Classroom Summary of #Games Research Qualitative […]

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Orlando Workshop Resources

Here are the resources to accompany the workshop on Storytelling. Here are the slides from the presentation. Here are slides for using PollEverywhere to create interactive questions within a story. Using Poll Everywhere to Create an Interactive Story-based Presentation from Karl Kapp Here are slides for creating a field that you can write on within […]

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