Gamification of e-Learning: a gamers view

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Computer games have unbelievable abilities to keep people’s attention. As a planet we spend 3 billion hours a week gaming. People are willing to invest hours of their time trying to beat their own high scores. e-Learning needs to tap into that drive.

Gamification of e-Learning is not just turning e-Learning into one big game. It is applying the successful mechanics and psychology of gaming to improve a learning experience. Using gaming ideas such as of levelling up or hidden extras can pull a learner into a course which leads to greater understanding. As a gamer myself I feel I’m well positioned to discuss which gaming mechanics we should be using to improve our e-Learning. Let’s have a look at some of the best gaming principles that can be applied to e-Learning without hugely increasing development time.

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What is SCORM?

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW SCORM is probably the single most important part of learning management system hosted e-Learning and yet nobody really knows what it is. This blog is aimed to help you understand what SCORM is and what the future holds for SCORM.

It would be wrong of me to say that people ask me what SCORM is every day; in fact, I don’t think anybody ever asks me what SCORM is. People usually say SCORM at me with a puzzled look on their face, sometimes they just want to know if they are saying it right, but others actually want to know what it is. So I thought a blog would be a good place to start.

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Is e-Learning destroying training?

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I am currently reading Andrew Keen’s “The internet is not the answer”. In the book, Keen evaluates the last 25 years of the internet and says we need to rethink the web, rebuild the value of content, resurrect privacy and, above all, reconceive humanity. Which is quite a big ask. One of his main arguments is that the “digital revolution” is destroying, not innovating, every 20th century industry. This made me think, is e-Learning actually destroying training?

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Use Edge Animate to get more out of Captivate 8

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The integration between Edge Animate and Captivate was one of the new features I was most excited about when I reviewed Captivate 8 a while back . It has not let me down. I now spend as much time in Edge Animate as I do in Captivate when I am building custom e-Learning interactions. Below is a demo of showing how you can use Edge Animate to control and interact with your Captivate project. It has buttons controlling Captivate, adjusting variables and more. There is a short explanation of each slide below. You can also download all the source files and have a play around yourself.

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Learning Technologies 2015 review

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So, last week was Learning Technologies UK 2015, Europe’s leading e-Learning exhibition and conference.  I went as a free delegate, so I mostly spent my time listening to the free seminars and talking to as many of the exhibitors as I could. As expected there were people discussing gamification, 70-20-10, engagement and more. So I thought I’d share my highlights for anybody who didn’t get a chance to go or for anybody who wants to remember the good times.

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