Play to Learn With Tabletop Games: Creating Board and Card Games to Foster Organizational Learning
How can a simple game transform your learning efforts?
The CIA uses tabletop games to teach intelligence gathering, overcoming collection obstacles, and collaboration. The Harvard Business Review describes board games as a microcosm of business training that can help leaders and managers build the skills needed to operate effectively in the real world. In fact, board games have been used formally for teaching business concepts since at least the 1960s with the introduction of the MIT Beer Distribution game.
Face-to-face games are often described as social accelerants because they break down barriers, encourage discussion, and force people to work together to accomplish goals—the same skills desired by modern business enterprises.
Many instructional designers, course developers, and training managers struggle to create engaging learning programs that get results. At the ATD LearnNow: Game Design workshop, you’ll learn how to design a tabletop game that can help transform your live instruction into a powerful, memorable learning experience.
In this 1.5-day workshop, you will:
- Explore different games via hands-on game play.
- Learn the lingo of games and identify how to match core dynamics, game mechanics, and game elements to learning needs.
- Identify why games are effective as an instructional approach.
- Learn and execute a six-step process for designing and producing a tabletop learning game. (Bonus: many of these skills are transferrable to a digital learning game if that’s more your speed.)
After an initial exploration of a variety of games and the basic lingo of game design, you will learn by doing. Working with a small group, you will design an initial prototype for a tabletop game, playtest it, and have a chance to refine it. You will leave with the ability to design your own tabletop game and put it into production.
Discover how to create learning games that work!
What do attendees have to say?
“I am so glad I attended this course. I learned so much. Both presenters were fabulous!” —Previous attendee
“A wealth of information, especially for someone just starting to incorporate gamification into their learning programs.” —Previous attendees
- Core Dynamics: A Key Element in Instructional Game Design
- Think Like a Game Designer: Incorporate Action Into Your Learning Design
- When Games Go Small
- The Zombies Are Coming—To Help You Learn
- Lessons from the Trenches of Digital Game Design
- 8 Game Elements to Make Learning Fun
- 3 Key Questions to Answer BEFORE Designing a Learning Game
- Three Research-Based Guidelines for Implementing Games Into Instruction
- Getting Started With Gamification
- 10 Best Practices for Implementing Gamification