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Essentials of Game Design

Enhance learner interaction with gamification.

Have you been to a workshop and wondered how the content could be made more interesting or fun? You know the content is important, but it seems a little dry. Learning how to easily develop games will enable you to greatly enhance your learning programs.

This interactive online workshop will break the process of game design into basic steps that make it easy to add interest to your workshops.

  • Online3 sessions, 4.5 hours total
  • OnsiteFlexible dates & duration
Program Overview

Program Overview

This program will help you determine if gaming is the appropriate fit for your learning content, and learn how to design and develop games. The process for planning and designing game elements are the same regardless of the media. How you develop the game differs based on the media, but the questions you should ask when using any game in a learning environment are the same. We will discuss the differences between activities and games and also explore different type of games inclusive of simulations.

What to Expect:
  • Technical Requirements: This program is conducted in the WebEx Training Center. Special software is not required. You only need a standard web browser and telephone or VoIP capability to participate. In addition, it is strongly recommended to use a desktop or laptop computer as using a tablet or phone severely limits your ability to fully and actively participate in the program.  
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

By the end of this program, you will be able to:

  • Determine when a game is a good fit for your learning programs.
  • Determine if a game matches the objectives of your learning program.
  • Differentiate games from simulations and other learning activities.
  • Determine three factors in game selection.
  • Identify a step-by-step approach for game design and development.
  • Create a game to use in your own learning program.


  • Topic 1 - Fundamentals of Game Design
  • Topic 2 - Designing and Developing Games
  • Topic 3 - Creating a Game
Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend

This workshop is best for trainers, instructional designers, and other learning professionals who have at least one year of experience developing training programs.
Credits & Attendance

Credits & Attendance

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Earn .45 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon successfully completing this program. Learn More

CPLP© Recertification Points

This program may be eligible for up to 4.5 CPLP recertification points. Learn more at

Attendance Policy

Participation in all online sessions at their originally scheduled day and time is mandatory to receive completion for the program. Participants who fulfill this attendance requirement will see their completion status reflected on their transcript in the ATD Learning Portal and will receive an email verifying their completion of the program. If you must miss a session, all sessions will be recorded and available in the Learning Portal for participants to review throughout the program.

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