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E-Learning Provocateur

For e-learning professionals interested in game design, E-Learning Provocateur is a blog that certainly lives up to its name. Written by Ryan Tracey, a talent development professional based in Australia, it can help both new and experienced game designers.

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One of Tracey's strengths is that he often encourages people to look to their surroundings for inspiration. Take "5 Games Every E-Learning Professional Should Play" as an example. In this post, he opens by bringing down the misconception that video games are a subculture for pimple-faced teenagers, then explains what several of his favorites can teach instructional designers. His choices range from cost-free gems, such as Diner Dash, to high-budget blockbusters, such as Battlefield 1.

Tracey also has plentiful resources for talent development professionals operating on tight budgets. In "Game-Based Learning on a Shoestring," he explores how to re-create the mechanics of a video game in person, using Diner Dash as an example. Tracey shows how you could use the game to provide training participants with a recent experience of team building, an excellent tool to get learners ready for more content around a team development model. And, in other posts, Tracey points his readers to valuable, low-cost resources. He has one article listing 10 free-access journals for e-learning designers and another list of recommended books.

About the Author

The Association for Talent Development (ATD) is a professional membership organization supporting those who develop the knowledge and skills of employees in organizations around the world. The ATD Staff, along with a worldwide network of volunteers work to empower professionals to develop talent in the workplace.

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