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442 Why We Need Learning Games Now More than Ever!

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM PT
Thursday, November 18

During the past year, one significant issue within organizations has been how to engage people through virtual platforms, with their accompanying feelings of isolation and loss of connection with a social group. A proven technique for making learning engaging and meaningful is to add purpose-built learning games. This presentation explores off-the-shelf tools and techniques for creating easy, quick games that make an impact on learners. We’ll also explore why learning games succeed at engaging learners on multiple levels. When properly designed, a learning game can be created with little cognitive overhead, opportunities for critical thinking, and plenty of interactions to make learning meaningful and facilitate critical thinking. In this session, you’ll play a few games and then look behind the scenes to see how those games are made and how you can do the same thing within your organization.

In this session, you will learn:

  • Why games engage learners at a level beyond knowledge
  • Three questions to ask yourself when designing a learning game
  • How to apply the elements that make games engaging to your own design of instruction

Karl Kapp


Bloomsburg University

Karl Kapp, Ed.D., is a professor of instructional technology at Bloomsburg University, where he teaches instructional game design, gamification classes, and online learning design. He is the creator of the web video series, “The Unauthorized, Unofficial History of Learning Game.” Karl has authored or co-authored eight books including “The Gamification of Learning and Instruction,” it’s accompanying fieldbook, and the widely popular, “Play to Learn.” He is the author of 10 LinkedIn Learning courses. Karl’s academic and practitioner work explores the research, theoretical foundations, and practical application of gamification and game-thinking to organizational performance issues.