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How Do I Increase My Learners’ Motivation With Gamification?

By Dan Keckan published October 8, 2020

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Gamification: One Tool In Your ID Toolbox

With the growing popularity of gamification, many Instructional Designers just add points or badges to their courses with the hope of motivating their learners. Unfortunately, you can actually disengage learners because they can’t relate the purpose of the game to a desired outcome. The key to making rewards, points, and other game mechanics effective is to use them to motivate and encourage a specific behavior. They must be used for a purpose and not simply because they are fun.

What Is Gamification?

Before delving into the methodology of developing effective learning games, you need to know what gamification is, and just as importantly, what it is not.

Gamification Motivates Learners Toward Desired Behaviors

Gamification does more than add game elements to training, it intrinsically motivates learners to perform desired behaviors and complete required tasks. When training and game elements are appropriately designed and implemented, learners know what is expected of them and perform their jobs better.

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Convert Flash to HTML5

Convert Flash Courses to HTML5 Efficiently in 3 Steps

By Dan Keckan published

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On January 1, 2021, Adobe will be laying Flash to rest. You have hundreds, if not thousands, of learners that will receive errors when they attempt to start a course. The fix is simple, convert your legacy Flash courses to HTML5. But, doing it efficiently depends on the conversion strategy you choose.

Select The Right Path For An Efficient Conversion

As I’m sure you’ve heard, Adobe Flash will no longer be supported by Adobe as of January 1, 2021. What does this mean? It means there are hundreds or thousands of learners at your company that will no longer receive your compliance, product, sales, safety, business process, or any other mission-critical training your organization has to offer. The fix is simple, just convert your legacy courses to HTML5. However, the fix can be quick or very time consuming depending on the number of courses, length of courses, or path you choose. So if you have some existing Flash courses that your learners still consume, here is my path to an efficient conversion process.

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How to Avoid Awkward Video Simulations and the Importance of Feedback

By Dan Keckan published April 23, 2018

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The first time I immersed myself in a video-based simulation, I felt like something was off, uneasy, or just plain awkward. For those musically inclined, it was like hearing a half cadence or a sequence of incomplete notes. These half-cadence simulations are a source of great frustration because simulations are meant to bring the learner as close as possible to the ideal behavior or skill. However, when you fail to use this principle as your guide, you risk impeding the flow of realistic dialogue and creating an assessment rather than a simulation. What’s more, while an assessment is effective, it lacks the learner engagement necessary to achieve comprehension and retention.

To help instructional designers avoid half-cadence simulations, designers should follow 13 key guidelines. (I’ve created this job aid based on my past failures!)

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How do you scout locations for a training video shoot?

Scout locations for your next training video shoot with these eight Pro-Tips. Searching for the right place to record video is vital to a successful production. Even though Scout Locations is #11 on our pre-production checklist, it’s just as valuable as the other items and should not be overlooked in the interest of time or budget. Continue reading

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By Kim Lindsey published March 22, 2017

Now Is The Time For You To Know The Truth About Notepad

Notepad is our friend

… is one of my professional mottos. In 16+ years as a writer, I’ve consistently promoted this handy little tool  (free with Windows!). Continue reading

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