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Javier Velasquez - Gamification Feedback, Rules, and Loops

The Gamification Quest

Release Date: 09/25/2020

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The Gamification Quest

Many GamiCon participants care about awards and would like to have the prestige that comes with winning an award. But how do you know if your gamified learning solution is award-worthy?

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The Gamification Quest

A Player Journey can be used to guide players towards specific goals and deciding which journey you want to send players on is only the start.

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How can you use a motivation driver’s perspective to test your game designs in a more integrative way? 

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Ever wonder why genius supervillains fail to take over the world? In this session, use game-play and business-based research to accomplish your own version of world domination. 

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Including compelling characters in your games creates opportunities for fostering a sense of connection, empathy, ownership, and meaning for learners while they experience the narrative you designed. 

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A client asked Mahesh Joshi if he could gamify a one-day seminar to generate greater interest in the material. The resultant product is a card game—BiggieBills—is a patented, interactive, and dynamic strategic thinking game. In this episode, Mahesh and Monica walk through the process from the first request to the implementation of the gamified program and iterations along the way.

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And our topic today is centered on highly engaging and effective projects that Deirdre and her team have created for clients. We’re going to explore together -  How Scenario-Based Learning and Gamification are Great Partners for High Impact Learning. 

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Covid-19 brought tremendous disruption to the world of physical corporate training.  Jimbo Clark tells us how he took a course that required participants to construct a physical box, and pivoted it to being a digital experience that was just as engaging.  He shares lessons learned from this experience so you can avoid going through the same growing pains.

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Eric Nelson, has taught for a total of 26 year in countries such as The Marshall Islands, Taiwan, India, Korea, and Vietnam. He joins us to explore how gamification can be used to tackle tricky classroom problems, create alternates to traditional letter grades, and assess content mastery in new ways. Monica and Eric tackle the unique challenges facing teachers in the age of Covid, and how gamification can ease some of these growing pains.

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Gamification designs for learning should use the full potential of feedback rules and feedback loops for engagement. Feedback is a key aspect in game design, not just to direct behavior, but also to give discernable cues to the players on their performance and aspects to improve. A good gamification design knows how to nudge behavior, but a great gamification design creates meaningful learning cycles that engage through the use of multiple feedback rules. These feedback systems can create loops that accrue power or knowledge and that can relate to meaningful rewards or game outcomes. Learning how to design this feedback loop improves the learning curve of your players in a meaningful way.

About our guest:

Javier Velasquez studied Literature and a Master's in Literature at Universidad de los Andes in Colombia. His professional studies helped him understand how to analyze media in a systemic way, as his main concerns were interdisciplinary studies. Since 2012 he shifted towards game design and founded a board game publisher, Azahar Games. In 2013 he assisted the GSummit and started making research on game design and gamification. Alongside his sister, Ana María Velasquez, a PhD in Human Development and Motivation, they started working on a Gamification framework (BEM) that used the idea of feedback and intrinsic motivation in its core. This framework has been validated in different fields, like innovation, human resources, loyalty campaigns, and specially in education, which is a big part of their intrinsic motivation. Javier sees Gamification not as a tool of design, but as a field with paradigms and objects of study that go beyond the use of standardized mechanics.  

The Gamification Quest Podcast Host is Monica Cornetti, President of Sententia, Inc. (www.SententiaGamification.com) and GameMaster of GamiCon - The Annual International Conference for the Gamification of Learning (www.GamiCon.us). Connect with Monica on LinkedIn.