808 Overcoming Barriers to Games and Gamification for Learning
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Friday, October 27
Games and Gamification
Games and gamification are new ideas to many organizations. Executives may perceive games for learning as child’s play, or may struggle to understand how they’re different from the scenario-based learning you already have. Furthermore, some see gamification as an artificial reward system that will have no long-term benefits.
Moving your organization forward with new approaches to learning and development can be challenging—especially when the new approaches involve nontraditional ideas or technologies. Join our panel of experts as they discuss how you can overcome the most common barriers to games and gamification and ramp up your organization’s performance.
Bianca Woods (Host)
Sr. Manager of Programming
The eLearning Guild
Bianca Woods is a senior manager of programming for The eLearning Guild. With degrees in both art education and education media design and technology, she focuses on creating practical learning experiences that take advantage of the clarity and immersiveness that technology and good design can offer. Bianca has years of experience in education, including designing in-class courses, eBooks, eLearning, videos, and other media for BMO Financial Group; creating interprofessional collaboration content for Training Pirates; and working as a classroom teacher.
Learning Architect & CEO
Sealworks Interactive Studios
Nick Floro, a co-founder and learning architect at Sealworks Interactive Studios, has over 25 years of experience developing learning solutions, applications, and web platforms. Nick is passionate about how design and technology can enhance learning and loves to share his knowledge and experience to teach, inspire and motivate. As a learning architect, Nick gets to sketch, imagine, and prototype for each challenge. He has worked with start-ups to Fortune 500 companies to help them understand the technology and develop innovative solutions to support their audiences. Nick has won numerous awards from Apple and organizations for productions and services, and has been able to reach over a million users with his latest project, which helps students in grades 2-12 learn how to think and write an essay critically.
Technical Training Advisor
Alexander Salas is the technical training advisor for Dell EMC. Alex is an award-winning certified professional in learning and performance and an instructional designer specializing in eLearning and augmented reality for workplace learning. He has more than 12 years of experience in the healthcare and IT industries after serving as a combat medic in the US Navy. Alex has been a lead organizer of the Orlando Articulate User Group and a Udemy instructor on Storyline.
Employee Development Manager
Marci Morford, an employee development manager at McKinstry, is an L&D leader focused on leveraging creativity and innovation to create cutting-edge learning programs for adults. Following a BS in neuroscience, Marci discovered a passion for learning and, more specifically, developing efficiency and process improvement through training; that led her to complete a master’s degree in education. Following her passion for best-fit technology and game design, Marci works to build the most effective programs that learners are excited to engage with. She spent the last five years at SightLife, where she strived to find the best possible technological solution for every project.