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Game On! Explore Games and Learning

Games-based learning, gamification, and game style elements are perfect partners for training, K-12 and higher education courses, and corporate marketing strategies.

Game-Based Learning Explained (Video: 2.5 minutes)
Johann Taljaard offers a brief video explanation of the differences between game-based learning and gamification.

Digital Game-Based Learning: Still Restless, After All These Years
Richard N. Van Eck provides a brief history of Digital Games Based Learning, reviews his predictions from ten years ago, and describes the three types of digital games-based learning.

The Looming Gamification of Higher Ed
Kentaro Toyama discusses some of the potential downfalls and why instructors should be cautious about over-gamification.

Game-Based Learning: What Do Gamers Expect Of eLearning?
Chris Hodgson discusses four things to consider when design elearning experiences that will appeal to gamers and non-gamers to increase engagement.

All Work and Some Play: A Guide To Gamification in Workplace Training
A.J. O'Connell discusses how game elements have been incorporated into schools, corporations and training and provides examples of game elements in various settings.

The Pros and Cons of Implementing Gamification in the Workplace
Dave Nevogt discusses the benefits and drawbacks to using gamification in the workplace for recruitment and training and the potential downfalls associated with gamification.


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