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Lessons Learned from My “Seemingly Doomed” Kickstarter Campaign

By now you may or may not know that I have co-founded a new company called 2KLearning (from lack of backers, I am assuming you don’t know). You can learn about the “seemingly DOOMED” campaign here. The goal of the company is to create innovative video game-based and hands-on maker faire-based learning experiences for middle […]

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A Meta-analysis Indicating the Benefits of Video Games for Older Adults

The study is called “Video Game Training Enhances Cognition of Older Adults: A Meta-Analytic Study.” The main aim of the meta-analytic study was to investigate the extent to which cognitive training with video games enhances cognitive functions in healthy older adults (age 60 and older). Here is what they found: It has been suggested that […]

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Resources for Nov 7th Presentation

Here are the slides from my presentation.(not exactly 100% the same but very, very close.) Gamification: Creating Engaged Learners: LTEN Keynote Slides from Karl Kapp Some related videos: Here are some additional resources: 8 Types of Stories to Effect Change Storytelling and Instructional Design Eight Game Elements to Make Learning More Intriguing Games, Gamification and […]

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Game Element: Maps

Understanding a large game space requires some type of visual. In most games, this visual is in the form of a map. Strategy games like Civilization V contain maps to help players continually orient themselves to where they are and where they need to go. Additionally, the map give a sense of progress and a […]

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Game Element: Core Mechanic

In their seminal work, Rules of Play: Game Design Fundamentals, Salen and Zimmerman discuss a wide range of topics. One topic of particular interest is the discussion of the core mechanic. Here is how they define the term. Every game has a core mechanic. A core mechanic is the essential play activity players perform again […]

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10 Things…Online Learning Conference Presentation Notes

Had a great time presenting on 10 Things We Know about Designing Games for Learning From Research. Here are the slides and some related notes. Videos Articles and Blog Entries of Interest 8 Types of Stories to Effect Change Storytelling and Instructional Design Eight Game Elements to Make Learning More Intriguing Games, Gamification and the […]

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