SELR203 The Hero’s Journey: Exploring Elements in Learning Games
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM Thursday, October 25
Expo Hall: eLearning Rockstars Stage
This session will explore often-overlooked game elements that focus on the story—the narrative—which can take surprisingly little time to craft, but can make all the difference. You’ll explore a proven model with examples that demonstrate these elements in detail. Core concepts from the hero’s journey apply to all incredible stories—from Rocky Balboa to Indiana Jones, these elements are the reason people care to dedicate their attention.
This session defines key elements of effective storytelling popularized by Joseph Campbell in his 1949 work “The Hero with a Thousand Faces.” Campbell was influenced by Carl Jung’s view of myth and the compelling nature of stories that draw people into alternate realities where they ultimately learn about themselves through protagonists and antagonists. Attendees will be encouraged to “up their game” when it comes to learning games. Take the narrative deeper, and leave behind uninspiring games that so often dominate the landscape of learning. With just a bit more thought and creativity, online learning games can become so much more.
In this session, you will learn:
- How to apply a proven model for effective game elements that follows best practices for storytelling and narrative
- How to challenge conventional thinking about what makes a great game
- How to design basic elements in your games to elevate the immersion and engagement factors
- How to evaluate game elements within the context of the Hero’s Journey model
Novice to advanced designers and developers.
Technology discussed in this session:
Storyboarding, scripting, and eLearning authoring tools: Articulate Storyline and Unity.
Director of Custom Solutions Strategies
Richard Vass is a co-founder and director of custom solutions strategies at eLearning Brothers. Richard is a dynamic, experienced consultant and professional facilitator with over 20 years’ experience in the field of human development. Prior to eLearning Brothers, Richard co-founded Impact Solutions, a professional learning services company. He has also worked as a national training and design manager for Discover Financial Services and Morgan Stanley MasterCard operations. Richard holds a CPLP credential and served as president of the Association of Talent Development (ATD) Utah chapter in 2011. He is active in local leadership and national learning strategy for ATD.