mercoledì 28 ottobre 2009

Brandon Hall webinar on learning games

I just attended a websinar with Gary Woodill from Brandon-Hall Research on "Evaluating Online Learning Games for your Employees". Positive, as we had interesting discussion with the other participants (14 altogether), and loads of useful references and examples.
However, I was a little bit disapponted about the definition of what a game is and its relationship with "content" - which was indeed the basis for framing the evaluation "model" (actually, a checklist). Game was the sum of narrative, objectives, and gameplay... rules? experience with other players? and why narrative up front? actually, in many of the small learning games we reviewed, there was no strong narrative...

I think there is still a long way in simply understanding the media before we can really come to sound learning applications.

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