How cool is this – Speaking at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas about Serious Games!! We had the honor of being asked by Lectora™ to speak at their conference. Our topic was “Lectora Wins With Serious Game Development.” As the conference attendees rolled into our session, one attendee asked me if the session was on games-based learning. I had to smile because it never really dawned on me until then that we were in Las Vegas – the GAME CAPITAL of the world. She was asking a great question!
We were blessed to have a significant attendance for our session. I guess the word was out that we were going to play games, (the learning kind) and that the prizes included NASCAR racecars for the winners.
A special client and friend Stephanie Bullard from USAF presented a few of the Serious Games that Sealund had created for its clients. Stephanie did a fine job as a game show host and in presenting how Serious Games work in the real world environment. Stephanie shared the value of the Serious Games for USAF clients and the fact that the clients are asking for more. The positive learning impact of Serious Games for USAF clients includes immediate engagement into the learning experience and a greater retention of the content.
Devonna Grimes and Stephanie Bullard in Las Vegas
Our audience was dynamic and competitive as we separated the attendees into two teams—the Blue Team headed up by Joe Koller, and the Red Team headed by Sandy Fritz. The game is on. We began the 3D Racetrack game for IT Security. Armed with their player’s cards, each team captain polled their respective teams for the correct answer and the hope to go home with a NASCAR racecar! The blue and red teams were neck and neck as they correctly answered the questions. To increase the competition and ensure a winning team (a tie just wouldn’t be acceptable for this wit to wit battle), a time limit was imposed for each question. The victor was the red team which crossed the finish line and won the prize!
Discussion ensued about the value of Serious Games and ways to get started to deploy at various organizations. We shared how Lectora can be used to develop Serious Games. In addition, we shared Serious Games that have been integrated into eLearning course-built in Lectora.
The Lectora conference hosted by Trivantis enabled us to release our newest Serious Games, “How to Play The Perfect Round of Business Golf.” This Serious Game was developed totally in Lectora and enables a single player to move around the golf course while learning how to conduct a business meeting. The player receives a score that can be communicated to any SCORM-conformant LMS. As we played this game, once again with our blue & red teams, we learned quickly that the blue team had a few good business golfers as they quickly won the prize for business golf.
We learned a great deal at the Lectora 2008 Conference and recommend this event for any Lectora user, or even those organizations considering the Trivantis’ Lectora tool. We appreciated the professional way in which the Lectora Company organized this event. We came home with more wisdom, less cards, and several new friends.
Serious Games = Serious Learning!™