801 What’s Next for Games and Gamification?

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Thursday, May 19

Game-based learning and gamification are two of the hottest topics in our field right now. They are also topics that continue to evolve at a rapid pace as designs, techniques, and technologies continue to advance.

In this closing session of the Games & Gamification Summit, our panel of games and gamification experts will examine the opportunities available to us today and the possibilities that may be available in the near future. In this interactive session we will explore how to harness the potential available to us now and how to prepare for the new opportunities of tomorrow.

Sharon Boller

President and Chief Product Officer

Bottom-Line Performance

Sharon Boller is president and chief product officer of Bottom-Line Performance (BLP), a learning-solutions firm she founded in 1995. Sharon has grown BLP from a single-woman sole proprietorship to a $3 million+ company with 30 team members. Under her direction, BLP created the Knowledge Guru learning game platform, a platform that has received numerous industry awards, including the coveted Brandon Hall Gold award for best innovation in gaming and technology (2014). Sharon co-teaches Guild Academy’s Game Design live online course.

Karl Kapp


Bloomsburg University

Dr. Karl Kapp has a worldwide reputation as a pioneer in the gamification of learning and instruction, having literally written the book on the topic. Karl is an expert in the convergence of learning, technology, and business. He was named one of LinkedIn's Top Voices in Education in 2017 and is the recipient of the 2019 ATD Individual Contributor Award. He works all over the world with Fortune 100 companies as well as start-up organizations helping them deliver meaningful instruction using a game-thinking approach. Karl is the author of several LinkedIn Learning courses and creator of several popular learning card games.

David Kelly

Executive Vice President, Executive Director

The Learning Guild

David Kelly is the executive vice president and executive director of The Learning Guild. David has been a learning and performance consultant and training director for more than 15 years. He is a leading voice exploring how technology can be used to enhance training, education, learning, and organizational performance. David is an active member of the learning community and can frequently be found speaking at industry events. He has contributed to organizations including ATD, eLearn Magazine, LINGOs, and more. David is also known for his curation efforts, especially related to conferences and events for learning and performance professionals.

Kami Hanson

Senior Manager, Learning Program Office

Sears Holdings Corporation

Kami Hanson is a senior manager of the Learning Program Office for Home Services at Sears Holdings Corporation (SHC). She graduated from Utah State University with her doctorate in instructional technology and learning sciences. Kami joined SHC in 2014 and has led a learning transformation impacting over 175,000 associates. She has worked collaboratively with the Innovations team to design the learner engagement model and game economy for an open-learning, gamified learning management system. She has been in the field of adult learning for over 15 years, having worked in academia, the financial industry, retail, and now, home services.

Craig Tanner

Manager of Learning Strategy and Innovation

Sears Holdings Corporation

Craig Tanner is a manager of Learning Strategy and Innovation. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Finance. He joined Sears Holdings Co. in 2013. In 2014, he joined the learning innovation team and helped build an open-learning, gamified learning management system that is now the primary learning system at SHC.

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