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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
  • Aug 19-23, 2019
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  • Nov 04-08, 2019
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Face-to-Face Courses
Participation in all originally scheduled days of the program is mandatory in order to receive the certificate of completion and CEUs. Participants who miss more than two hours of the entire program will not be eligible to receive the certificate. Participants who fulfill the attendance requirement will receive a certificate at the end of the program.

Online Courses
Participation in all online sessions at their currently scheduled day and time is mandatory to receive a completion certificate and any applicable credits.

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.

For programs with five or more sessions, one missed live session can be made up by listening to the session recording in full. Participants who miss more than one live session will not be eligible to receive the certificate. For programs with four or fewer sessions, attendance at all live sessions is required to receive a certificate. If you meet the eligibility requirements, a certificate will be issued to you through the ATD Learning Portal at the end of the program. All sessions will be recorded and available for participants to review throughout the program for your reference.


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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