808 Overcoming Barriers to Games and Gamification for Learning
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Friday, October 27
Games and Gamification
Games and gamification are new ideas to many organizations. Executives may perceive games for learning as child’s play, or may struggle to understand how they’re different from the scenario-based learning you already have. Furthermore, some see gamification as an artificial reward system that will have no long-term benefits.
Moving your organization forward with new approaches to learning and development can be challenging—especially when the new approaches involve nontraditional ideas or technologies. Join our panel of experts as they discuss how you can overcome the most common barriers to games and gamification and ramp up your organization’s performance.
Bianca Woods (Host)
Customer Engagement Manager
Bianca Woods is a customer engagement manager at Articulate. Her past experience includes working on the community and event programming for The Learning Guild, several learning and communications roles at BMO Financial Group, and teaching art. Bianca is passionate about how visual design and multimedia can help people learn, loves test driving new technology, and collects photos of bizarre warning signs.
Sealworks Interactive Studios
Nick Floro, a co-founder and learning architect at Sealworks Interactive Studios, has over 25 years of experience developing learning solutions, applications, and web platforms. Nick is passionate about how design and technology can enhance learning and loves to share his knowledge and experience to teach, inspire and motivate. As a learning architect, Nick gets to sketch, imagine, and prototype for each challenge. He has worked with start-ups to Fortune 500 companies to help them understand the technology and develop innovative solutions to support their audiences. Nick has won numerous awards from Apple and organizations for productions and services, and has been able to reach over a million users with his latest project, which helps students in grades 2-12 learn how to think and write an essay critically.
Learning Experience Designer
Alexander Salas is an instructional systems developer and learning experience designer with 14 years of experience specializing in the blend of learning technologies and gamification for performance outcomes. Since 2007, Alex has worked in every facet of corporate learning and performance enablement for Fortune 100 enterprises such as Philips, Centene Corporation, and Dell Technologies. He's the owner of StyleLearn, an eLearning design firm helping clients of all sizes. He's also the chief of awesomeness at eLearning Launch, the online academy for digital learning professionals.
Marci Morford is a learning strategist and leads MarSea Consulting, which builds custom training for companies that have outgrown their startup phase and are ready for streamlined, scalable, efficient training. She develops programs based on business goals, with laser focus on the ROI that growing companies require. Marci is also the director of programs of ATD Puget Sound, where she is currently overhauling traditional monthly lectures into a series of learning games, workshops, and parties. Marci writes for TD Magazine and won DemoFest at DevLearn 2017 (Best of Show - Non-Vendor) with the immersive, blended-learning onboarding game she developed for a global health non-profit.