@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.