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Play to Learn

Everything You Need to Know About Designing Effective Learning Games

By  Sharon Boller, Karl M. Kapp

When trainers use games, learners win big.

As a trainer interested in game design, you know that games are more effective than lectures. You've seen firsthand how immersive games hold learners' interest, helping them explore new skills and experience different points of view.

But how do you become the Milton Bradley of learning games? Play to Learn is here to help.

This book bridges the gap between instructional design and game design; it's written to grow your game literacy and strengthen crucial game design skills. Experts Sharon Boller and Karl Kapp share real examples of in-person and online games, and offer an online game for you to try as you read. They walk you through evaluating entertainment and learning games, so you can apply the best to your own designs.

Play to Learn will also show you how to:

  • Link game design to your business needs and learning objectives.
  • Test your prototype and refine your design.
  • Deploy your game to motivated and excited learners.

So don't just play around. Think big, design well, and use Play to Learn as your guide.

Download the worksheet templates from the appendices.

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Authors

Sharon Boller

Sharon Boller is president and chief product officer of Bottom-Line Performance (BLP), a learning solutions firm she founded in 1995. Sharon has grown BLP from a single-woman sole proprietorship to a $3M+ company with 30 team members. Under Sharon’s direction, BLP created the Knowledge Guru learning game platform. Knowledge Guru is the recipient of numerous industry awards, including the coveted Brandon Hall Gold award for best innovation in gaming and technology (2014). BLP has also produced a wide array of other award-winning learning solutions. They earned Brandon Hall awards for best advance in sales training, best use of games and simulations for learning in 2014. They've earned numerous Horizon Awards as well. 

Sharon frequently speaks on game-based learning and learning design topics at the local and international level for eLearning Guild, ATD, CLO, Training Magazine, and other industry groups. She is also the author of numerous articles on game-based learning, learning science, and instructional design, as well as a book featuring team building simulations and games, Team Training. She also has an authoring credit for one of the chapter’s in Karl Kapp’s book, The Gamification of Learning and Instruction Field Book. Her latest book, co-authored with Kapp, is Play to Learn (ATD Press).

Karl M. Kapp

Karl Kapp is a professor of instructional technology at Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, and is the author behind the widely read Kapp Notes blog and a regular contributor to ATD’s Learning Technologies Blog. Karl has written or co-authored six books on the convergence of learning and technology, including the bestselling The Gamification of Learning and Instruction. In that book, Karl explores the research and theoretical foundations behind effective game-based learning. He examines everything from variable reward schedules to the use of avatars to the use of games to teach pro-social behaviors. He also has authored The Gamification of Learning and Instruction Fieldbook: Ideas into Practice. Karl's latest book, co-authored with Sharon Boller, is Play to Learn (ATD Press).

Karl is committed to helping organization’s develop a strategic, enterprise-wide approach to organizational learning. He believes that effective education and training are the keys to increased productivity and profitability. He can be reached at www.karlkapp.com.

Book Details

ISBN: 9781562865771

Pages: 160

Publisher: Association for Talent Development

Pub Date: March 2017

Formats: Paperback, PDF

Product Code: 111705

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