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Essentials of Evidence-Based Games

Apply proven methods for serious games.

Don’t just use games to fill time – discover and apply the research regarding what makes games effective learning methods that drive business results.

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Credits: CEU 0.45 MORE
Level: Foundational
Role(s): HR/OD Professional More
Language(s): English


Course Info

This online course examines the core features of a game, reviews several genres of commercial games, and identifies factors relevant to planning serious games. With that foundational knowledge, you will then assess your training requirements and complete a game planner and prototype that addresses those factors.

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This online course examines the core features of a game, reviews several genres of commercial games, and identifies factors relevant to planning serious games. With that foundational knowledge, you will then assess your training requirements and complete a game planner and prototype that addresses those factors.

After your prototype is complete, you will apply current outcomes-based research to your game to revise, clarify, and modify it. This course includes discussions on role-play games (commonly known as scenario-based learning) to determine the appropriate uses, methods, and audiences. Read Less

What You Will Learn
  • Identify features and genres of digital games for learning
  • Revise a game that imposes extraneous cognitive load
  • Plan & sketch the main features of a game matched to participant’s learning objective and content type
  • Identify criteria for valid evidence on digital games
  • Distinguish among three research questions on digital games
  • Apply research on the cognitive effects of video games
  • Identify methods proven to improve learning from games
  • Evaluate research that compares learning from a game with a traditional method
  • Identify features and main genres of scenario-based e-learning
  • Identify value-added features to maximize benefits of role-playing games
Essential Topics INSIGHT

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The Essentials Series

ATD’s Essentials Series Annual Pass offers a flexible and affordable way to increase your performance via interactive, online learning taught by the industry’s leading subject matter experts.

Topic 1 - What Are Digital Games for Learning?
  • Fact or Fiction with Games
  • What is a Game? – Identifying What We Know
  • What is a Game? – Foundational Features
  • Why Games Don’t Teach
  • Games & Cognitive Load
  • Aligning a Game to the Learning Objectives and Content
  • Planning a Game – Getting Started and Gathering All the Needed Information
Topic 2 - Evidence on Games
  • Identifying and Utilizing Valid Evidence
  • Cognitive Consequences Research
  • Value-Added Research: Methods that improve learning
  • Are Games More Effective Than Conventional Methods for Learning?
Topic 3 - Role Playing Games
  • Identify Synonyms for Role Play Games
  • What are Role-Play Games?
  • Identify the features of Role-Play Games
  • Factors that indicate the use of a Role-play Game
  • Plan a Role Play Game
Who Should Attend

This program is for instructional designers, trainers, organizational development professionals and performance consultants who want to upgrade their courses and deliver learning experiences utilizing games – that result in employees ready to accomplish business outcomes. No matter what role you’re in, if you’re ready to master how serious games can take your training events to the next level, then this program is for you!

ATD Education programs are designed primarily for learning professionals – trainers, instructional designers, and organizational development practitioners – but also greatly benefit anyone within an organization who is responsible for developing others, from managers to human resources specialists.

Level: Foundational
Roles: HR/OD Professional, Instructional Designer, Trainer
Language: English
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Dates & Locations
  • Nov 04-08, 2019
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Things To Know


Essentials Workshops
Participation in all online sessions at their currently scheduled day and time is mandatory to receive completion for the program and any applicable credits. Please note that viewing a recording will not fulfill the attendance requirement. Participants who fulfill all program requirements 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.

ATD requires active participation through the program to receive credit for the class. Active participation includes, but is not limited to, participating in virtual classroom activities, discussions, breakout sessions, and intersession work. Please note that using a tablet or mobile device severely limits your ability to fully and actively participate.

All sessions will be recorded and available in the Learning Portal for participants to review throughout the program for your review.


4.5 Learning Hours

0.45 CEUs awarded

Up to 4.5 APTD Recertification Points through the ATD Certification Institute.

Up to 4.5 CPLP Recertification Points through the ATD Certification Institute.


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