Mobile Games Video
Mobile Games Video
Mobile Games Video
Mobile Games Video

408 Gateway to Gaming: Leveraging Game Mechanics in Learning

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Tuesday, June 20


Marina 6

Consultants face challenging career transitions while working in fast-paced environments with high performance standards. Learning that supports such transitions requires simulation of the complex mix of skills and trade-offs that consultants face on the ground, yet traditional digital simulations often fail to incorporate that complexity.

In this session, you will explore how to leverage game mechanics to introduce the pressures and constraints of real work and to take learning and engagement to the next level. You’ll discuss how to create more engaging and realistic learning experiences for high-performing, time-crunched learners. You’ll see examples of learning games where consultants faced the same time pressures, capacity constraints, and dynamically changing contexts they would in the real world, and you will gain insights into learner behavior and performance.

In this session, you will learn:

  • About one firm’s journey from simple digital simulations to more complex serious games for learning
  • How to leverage game mechanics (not just gamification features) to create an engaging learning experience for high-performing, time-crunched learners
  • About aspects of gaming that L&D can embrace to attract the attention and engagement of learners
  • How to leverage advanced analytics behind the scenes to visualize game-play and set authentic benchmarks on performance

Intermediate to advanced designers, managers, and directors.

Technology discussed in this session:
Learning simulations and games, and back-end analytics outputs.

Katie Coates

Director of Learning

McKinsey & Company

Katie Coates, director of learning with McKinsey & Company, has over 25 years of experience in learning and development. She is responsible for the learning strategy for over 14,000 services professionals. Prior to joining McKinsey, Katie worked for Deloitte for 20 years, where she held several leadership positions. She was also the director of learning design at Standard Chartered Bank in Hong Kong. Katie holds a master's degree in instructional systems design from Penn State University and a master's degree in human development. She is pursuing a PhD in human development at Fielding Graduate University.

George Ganat

Learning Design Manager

McKinsey & Company

George Ganat is a learning design manager with McKinsey & Company, where he is responsible for building innovative learning solutions for consultants. He has over 25 years’ experience in teaching and learning, primarily in higher education and professional services. Prior to joining McKinsey, George consulted on the development of classroom and eLearning programs for a number of government and corporate clients, and he taught workshops in classroom practice and digital learning at Teachers College, Columbia University. George holds a master’s degree in TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages) from Teachers College.

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