Failure is the New Success

As some of our readers may know, I spent a significant portion of my life studying and working in games for education. That’s why I’m excited to tell you that my speaker proposal for the 2017 FocusOn Learning Conference has been accepted. Huzzah!

The focus of the conference this year is on mobile, games, and video. I’ll give you two seconds to guess which category my session falls into. But this isn’t another “gamify your curriculum” talk. The title of my session is Solving Complex Problems with Game-Based Learning. There’s no gamification to be found here.

That’s because games have so much more to offer in terms of education. The gamification framework can be myopic in the sense that it tends to focus solely on game mechanics. Game mechanics are a fundamental component of games that connect our physical actions to the game world, but they are not the only component of games that can inform instructional design.

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