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…who does not understand the
difference between Gamification,
Game-Based Learning and
Game Thinking?
Am I the only idiot…
...
Thiagi’s words:
“For a long time I thought I was the only
idiot who got confused by the
terms gaming, game-based training,...
“Once upon a time, there was an
enchanted forest, where @Grandma,
@LittleRed and @Mr.Hunter lived…”
“Not happily. The declining forest
economy…”
“And the high animal disengagement
forced them to re-enter the
workforce…”
“So they reinvented themselves…”
Instructional Forest Designer
Gamification Forest Guru
Game Forest Designer
“They had one common goal: to boost
animal engagement in forest learning.”
Instructional Forest Designer
Gamification Fore...
“But the animals got more confused
than ever… Except the pig.”
Instructional Forest Designer:
ADDIE or SAM?!
Gamification ...
“They get together to discuss their
observations…”
“The animals all passed the SCORM trade
test at school (except the pig)…”
Instructional Forest Designer
“But forgot everything in the field. They
just wanted to play all day. Except the
pig...”
Game Forest Designer
“While they were motivated by food for the first
month, they hated the gamified race after.
Including the leaderboard (exc...
“What’s up with this pig?”
“In desperation, the trio hired a Game
Thinking consultant. To pick his brain.”
“The consultant suggested moving from
the current, content-driven to a new,
action-driven approach. And he did…”
Motivation Fun
Learning
Instructional Design
Gamification Game Design
Instructional Design
Gamification Game Design
Game Thinking: the art and science of
motivation and engagement via applied ...
Instructional Design
Gamification Game Design
G a m e T h i n k i n g
Gamification Game Design
G a m e T h i n k i n g
ACTION
CONTENT
No Gameplay Gameplay
Instructional Design
Check out Karl K...
Gamification Game Design
G a m e T h i n k i n g
ACTION
CONTENT
No Gameplay Gameplay
Instructional Design
Your learning/pe...
“What about that pig, who does not like
playing games? Yet, he’s on top of the
gamification leaderboard?”
What pig? 
“Make sure your gamification approach is
well balanced for all user/player types.”
…who thinks that your worst
game thinking effort you’ve
actually done is better than the
perfect one you’ve never had?
Am ...
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Gamification of Learning: Am I the Only Idiot here?

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Storytelling used to illuminate the differences betweeen gamification, game-based learning and game thinking. For Instructional Designers venturing into the woods of gamification.

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Gamification of Learning: Am I the Only Idiot here?

  1. 1. …who does not understand the difference between Gamification, Game-Based Learning and Game Thinking? Am I the only idiot… Let’s connect: @rabbitoreg
  2. 2. Thiagi’s words: “For a long time I thought I was the only idiot who got confused by the terms gaming, game-based training, and gamification.”
  3. 3. “Once upon a time, there was an enchanted forest, where @Grandma, @LittleRed and @Mr.Hunter lived…”
  4. 4. “Not happily. The declining forest economy…”
  5. 5. “And the high animal disengagement forced them to re-enter the workforce…”
  6. 6. “So they reinvented themselves…” Instructional Forest Designer Gamification Forest Guru Game Forest Designer
  7. 7. “They had one common goal: to boost animal engagement in forest learning.” Instructional Forest Designer Gamification Forest Guru Game Forest Designer
  8. 8. “But the animals got more confused than ever… Except the pig.” Instructional Forest Designer: ADDIE or SAM?! Gamification Forest Guru: Points, Badges and Leaderboard!! Game Forest Designer: MDA! IDIOTS!
  9. 9. “They get together to discuss their observations…”
  10. 10. “The animals all passed the SCORM trade test at school (except the pig)…” Instructional Forest Designer
  11. 11. “But forgot everything in the field. They just wanted to play all day. Except the pig...” Game Forest Designer
  12. 12. “While they were motivated by food for the first month, they hated the gamified race after. Including the leaderboard (except the pig)…” Gamification Forest Guru
  13. 13. “What’s up with this pig?”
  14. 14. “In desperation, the trio hired a Game Thinking consultant. To pick his brain.”
  15. 15. “The consultant suggested moving from the current, content-driven to a new, action-driven approach. And he did…”
  16. 16. Motivation Fun Learning Instructional Design Gamification Game Design
  17. 17. Instructional Design Gamification Game Design Game Thinking: the art and science of motivation and engagement via applied game element and design. Follow the arrow!
  18. 18. Instructional Design Gamification Game Design G a m e T h i n k i n g
  19. 19. Gamification Game Design G a m e T h i n k i n g ACTION CONTENT No Gameplay Gameplay Instructional Design Check out Karl Kapp, Andrzej Marczewski, Yu- Kai Chou, Monica Cornetti and Amy Jo Kim.
  20. 20. Gamification Game Design G a m e T h i n k i n g ACTION CONTENT No Gameplay Gameplay Instructional Design Your learning/performance objectives should define the direction (angle of arrow)! Think ACTION, not CONTENT!!
  21. 21. “What about that pig, who does not like playing games? Yet, he’s on top of the gamification leaderboard?” What pig? 
  22. 22. “Make sure your gamification approach is well balanced for all user/player types.”
  23. 23. …who thinks that your worst game thinking effort you’ve actually done is better than the perfect one you’ve never had? Am I the only idiot… Let’s connect: @rabbitoreg

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