#astd2013, Interactivity, Games, and Gamification: A research-based approach to engaging learners through games with @kkapp

On the last day of ASTD 2013 conference, I had an opportunity to meet Karl Kapp, a professor at Bloomsberg University. Kapp not only presented Interactivity, Games, and Gamification, a research interest of mine, he is also the author of a couple of books I own: The Gamification of Learning and Instruction: Game-based Methods and Strategies for Training and Education…

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ASTD/ATD, Instruction Strategies

Starting a learning event with a simple Hello

I am reporting from the 2012 ASTD conference in Denver where I just finished the morning session of the pre-conference workshop called Interactive Techniques for Instructor-led Training. this workshop is being led by Sivasailim Thaigarajan, ph.D. and Tracy Tagliati. They led with an activity called Hello. this exercise can be found on the Web site along with hundreds of…

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Gaming and Gamification

What happens if you give someone a toy planet?

What happens if you give someone a toy planet? This was one of the questions I was asked to answer after watching Will Wright’s TED talk about his game called Spore. Here is that presentation: Spore is a creative game that allows you to develop creatures and nurture them across time and through evolution. As I watched Will Wright’s presentation,…

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