Sharing What Works

March 22 – 24, 2017 Orlando, FL

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eLearning Guild

The eLearning Guild is the oldest and most trusted source of information, networking, and community for eLearning professionals. As a member-driven organization, the Guild produces a countless number of resources all devoted to the idea that the people who know the most about making eLearning successful are the people who produce eLearning every day in corporate, government, and academic settings. Our goal is to create a place where eLearning professionals can share their knowledge, expertise, and ideas to build a better industry—and better learning experiences—for everyone.

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Conferences

The Guild produces several conferences, including DevLearn, Learning Solutions, and Realities360. Learn more.

Learning Solutions

eLearning industry’s oldest and most trusted source for information on eLearning. Learn more.

Online Conferences

Online conferences take an in-depth look at contentious topics in our industry. Learn more.

Guild Research 

Guild Research produces reports and resources to help you understand the depth of our field. Learn more.

Webinars

Connect directly with learning experts and discover ideas, tips, and techniques to help you improve your skills. Learn more.

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Insider and Update newsletters are quick-reads designed to keep you updated on Guild news and important industry topics.

Guild For Good

This program celebrates those in our community who go above and beyond to create a better tomorrow for all. Learn more.

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Other Benefits

Annual Salary & Compensation Report, conference handouts, networking opportunities, and more.

Sessions in Games and Gamification Track

10:45 AM Wed, March 22

Track: Games and Gamification

Many professionals in eLearning are attempting to use gamification and serious games to spark employee engagement and drive learning retention. Everyone is working to make the best serious game that will enhance the learning objectives and retain learning.

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12:00 PM Wed, March 22

Track: Games and Gamification

Eight seconds: That’s the time you have to grab an employee’s attention. Five minutes: That’s how long you can hold it. Both are down by 50 percent in 10 years. Twenty-one: That’s the number of times people shift attention between smartphone, tablet, and laptop. What’s causing this attention deficit problem? Every day hundreds of emails, chats, texts, notifications, calls, and meetings compete for your employees’ attention. What tool can you use to grab and keep their attention? Training games. Games complement and improve the effectiveness of traditional training. Come learn more and play the Jump Game. High score at the session wins a $250 gift certificate.

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2:00 PM Wed, March 22

Track: Games and Gamification

Are you using a PowerPoint-based eLearning tool only using half of its capabilities? Do you wish that you could add gamification to your eLearning and/or classroom content, but you’re not a scripting or programming wizard? This session will explore several easy ways that PowerPoint-based eLearning tools can help you achieve gamification for your learning content without any typing of scripting/programming code. If you would like to learn some easy PowerPoint and QuizMaker tricks to achieve gamification, and you don’t have programming or scripting expertise, this session is for you!

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2:30 PM Wed, March 22

Track: Games and Gamification

In order to provide top-notch customer service, call center agents are required to master an ever-growing number of knowledge and skill sets during training, including sales skills, enterprise tools, products, and policies and procedures. As traditional assessments are often limited to isolated application, facts, or memorized data at lower-level thinking skills, they tend to fall short of testing whether the agents can actually apply their learning and perform on the job.

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4:00 PM Wed, March 22

Track: Games and Gamification

To support development of a graduate course on serious games at DePaul University, a yearlong study examined the questions to be addressed by this new mode of learning and assessments. Can you encourage people to experience failure in the spirit of learning? Can you build reflection and feedback loops into the learning process? Can you help people further develop their capacities for social interaction and collaborative problem-solving?

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10:45 AM Thu, March 23

Track: Games and Gamification

Many L&D professionals have found that the traditional approach to online courses doesn’t always generate consistent quality when it comes to learning outcomes. Because of this, it’s tempting to try new approaches to solve this dilemma, such as gamification and other strategies. But without a deeper understanding of how to apply these new approaches in a meaningful way, you could end up just using superficial applications of them and miss out on their ability to increase knowledge transfer.

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1:00 PM Thu, March 23

Track: Games and Gamification

In retail banking, like many regulated industries, the entry-level customer service employees have complicated jobs combining relationship skills, compliance with complex regulations, and adherence to frequently changing policies and procedures. Conventional wisdom still says these skills are difficult to learn effectively with online learning technology, particularly if the learning is self-directed.

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2:00 PM Thu, March 23

Track: Games and Gamification

Microlearning is a very potent tool to drive knowledge retention and behavioral change. This session will show you how to take advantage of what research says about gamification and microlearning, how to apply it to the employee journey, and how to correlate learning with performance measurement and learning paths.

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4:00 PM Thu, March 23

Track: Games and Gamification

Keeping employees engaged isn’t easy, especially in today’s easily distracted and multitasking workforce. And that’s where a solid gamification strategy comes in. Rather than approaching gamification by applying cookie-cutter, meaningless game mechanics to a program, you need to use a proven process to create cohesive, challenging, and collaborative gamification experiences.

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8:30 AM Fri, March 24

Track: Games and Gamification

Serious games and simulations have the potential to bridge abstract concepts and real-world applications. But too often, simulations limit themselves to lower-level skills like memorization, resulting in glorified quizzes that are expensive to produce but feel disconnected from real decision-making. And when serious games try to engage higher-order skills, they often do so ineffectively. The decisions that are rewarded may be subjective and arbitrary, leaving learners frustrated and disempowered.

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10:00 AM Fri, March 24

Track: Games and Gamification

When you say the word “game,” you might think of first-person shooters, slaying dragons, racing cars, and fighting battles—all of the things that your manager does not want to hear. If you are uncertain of how to plan, design, and develop a serious (business) game, then this is the right session for you. Making a “serious game” acceptable to management and fun for the player is the goal.

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