More Gamification Thoughts

From what I have been reading lately, the concept of play is that play is optional, so for something to truly be play-based, a learner needs to be able to choose not to play. I believe that if a facilitator chooses to add a game layer to the curriculum, it could be difficult for a student to not be part of the game layer and participate in class in a more traditional way.

E=MC^5

Einstein

A lot of people know about the Albert Einstein famous E=MC2 formula. But here is a formula for learner engagement that I came across on my research, that I found pretty cool. E=MC5 The formula appears in an article by Gregg Collins in the Spring issue of Training Industry magazine titled How Games Drive Learning. […]

UI Tips

As you may know, I wrote my honors thesis on Human Computer Interaction back in my university days, and since then have done a lot of UX and UI based work over the years. I thought I would share some insight into some common things that people mistake UX for UI and vice versa. So here is a clarification post for those interested.

Normally, we think of the term user interface (or UI) as it applies to applications. Technically, this term refers to the parts of the software which interact directly with a human. So, it covers things like what options are available to the user at any given time, how those options are presented on the computer screen, as well as the physical interactions (mouse/keyboard, game pad, etc.). For example, with video games, the UI is divided into two parts: the input (that is, how the player gives commands to the game) and output (how the game communicates the results of those actions and other aspects of the game state to the player).

Games vs Simulations

Office Simulation

From my experience and observation, a lot people lately (the last 2 years or so) have been throwing the whole “gamification” and “simulation” terms around in the eLearning community. As some of you know, I have been into this sort of stuff for a bit longer than this (5+ years) so I would like to help some of those newbies out there, what these terms are and how to appropriately use them.