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108 Playing with Power: Advanced Strategies in Gamified Learning

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Wednesday, April 20

Tracks: Games & Gamification

As designers we are aware of the power of interactivity, and games are among the most engaging interactive pieces we can create. Creating a Jeopardy-like question game may be interactive, but is this the most effective way to create engagement and, ultimately, behavioral change? Gameboard and gameshow design can create an initially interesting way of presenting questions, but they rarely motivate learners or lead to lasting change. In fact, these “games” ignore many of the fundamental concepts of gaming. So how do we plan and design games that truly engage the learner? What kind of elements should be included in a custom game? What are the concepts that must be known to drive learner engagement and behavioral change? How do we build games to accommodate these? How do we add more power to our games? These are some of the questions we will address in this session.

You will learn the fundamental concepts of game design and instruction, and how they are used in the creation of sophisticated game-like learning activities. Utilizing a combination of live examples, group discussions, and polls, we’ll explore key concepts of gaming and the fundamentals of incorporating and applying them into your learning designs. You will begin by identifying the common elements of games, what features make a game enjoyable to a player, and how these things intersect to provide context, motivation, and emotional engagement. You will learn the differences and design choices that go into games made for entertainment and games made for learning. You will explore the concept of cognitive flow and how it affects design considerations. Putting all these concepts together, you will then analyze and dissect preexisting game-like activities to determine the strengths and weaknesses. You will learn key features of common developing tools like dominKnow | ONE, Lectora, and Storyline and how they can be used in the creation of customized games. You will gain a better appreciation and understanding for how customized games are designed and leave with a new approach for how you can design your own customized games going forward.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to move beyond surface level games and integrate gaming concepts and mechanics into your eLearning
  • How to design and create fully customized, game-like learning activities using a development workflow
  • How to leverage advanced design concepts, techniques, and strategies to create engaging game-like learning activities
  • The concepts of cognitive flow and how to apply them to boost learner engagement
  • Foundational concepts and best practices for programming

Technology discussed:

dominKnow | ONE, Lectora, Articulate Storyline

Edward Javor

Multimedia Developer

Interactive Advantage Corporation

Eddie Javor has developed hundreds of eLearning modules and game-like learning activities, and has served as an instructor for more than eight years. Having earned his bachelor’s in graphic design at the University of Georgia, Mr. Javor has studied graphical user interface design and the progressing trends of contemporary web design. He brings real world experiences, best practices, and applications in eLearning to the classroom.

Paul Schneider

SVP Business Development


Paul Schneider, the senior vice president of business development for dominKnow Learning Systems, has worked in the area of distance communication technologies in academia and corporate for over 18 years, primarily focusing on distance learning. Paul has provided services in most areas of learning, including instructional design, distance education, mobile training, and performance support. He currently oversees operations and business development at dominKnow Learning Systems. Paul holds a PhD in counseling psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.