@TisForTraining 297: Beware of the chocolate-covered broccoli

Gamification-in-business-illustration-webOn tonight’s show, Maurice Coleman, Tom Haymes, Paul Signorelli, and Jill Hurst-Wahl were joined by Jared Bendis to talk about gamification. And we started with the commercial, dark side of gamification, then moved quickly to gamification in the world of education. Gamification in education can cause students to focus, collaborate, and engagement.

Quick notes:

  • Gamification is control manipulation.
  • What is the difference between a game and a puzzle? A puzzle is designed to be solved. At the start the puzzle designer has the power. Once solved, the player has the power.  It is an exchange of power. A puzzle is solved only once. 
  • With a game, the outcome is unknown. The power shifts back-n-forth while playing the game. Games can be motivational.
  • What do you learn in a traditional game? Nothing.
  • Games teach process, not content.  Education is about content.
  • The magic circle! (Okay…listen for that explanation)
  • Small amounts of gamification can work in education.
  • Simulations are not games. There is nothing better than a good simulation. Simulations always work. [BTW Facebook is a simulation of our real life social networks.] You can apply what you learned in the simulation elsewhere.
  • The flow channel which keeps you playing the game. (Another thing to listen for.)

This was an awesome show! Based on the after show conversation, we’ll have to have Jared back again.


Jared Bendis

@TisForTraining 296.5 – Just Keep Scrolling: An interview with @flipchartguy Brian Washburn

Periodic Table of Amazing LearningGrab your pens and paper for this special episode of T is for Training. Maurice Coleman and Paul Signorelli talked with Brian Washburn (What’s Your Formula: Combine Learning Elements for Impactful Training) and learned how he thinks about enhancing learning experiences. And how did he come up with this periodic table of learning experience?

Honest…you’ll want to be writing stuff down, so be ready with paper in hand!

You can listen to this episode on TalkShoe or wherever you get your podcasts.

@TisforTraining 296: Give Them a Review Without Telling Them

Tonight Maurice Coleman, Jill Hurst-Wahl, Tom Haymes, and Paul Signorelli were joined by Ken Phillips (Phillips Associates). Ken is known as a go-to person for evaluation and assessment. He got into this area through his work in performance management.

He talked about the levels of evaluation, noting that there is a five level evaluation model (see resources). An important point is to think about the assessment questions from the learners perspective, rather than from the institution’s perspective.

We dug deep into this topic! Lots of useful information in the recording and in the resources below.  Most of this applies to training and learning done within organizations, rather than academic institutions.  However, academics will hear ideas that they can use.

Listen to this episode on TalkShoe or wherever you get your podcasts.

The Model In Practice
The Model in Practice