Hot topic: Gamification – What is it all about?

Gamification is a hot topic in the elearning industry at the moment. But what is it really about? There may be different ways to explain it, but the way I understand it is; using game mechanics to stimulate behaviours to create engaging and fun elearning solutions. This can be done by using rewards such as points and badges, giving the user more choice, having challenges and tasks, progress meters, telling a story for the user and have an end goal.

Keeping these game mechanics in mind, I decided to build my own game. I really enjoy cooking and baking so thought it would be fun to create a game based on food. I wanted to give the user lots of choice to be able to choose their character and let them choose a style of apron.

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I started exploring different ways of navigation, as I wanted to give the user a lot of choice of where they could go through the game. Initially I thought an iPad style navigation would work really well and created a menu on the lefthand side. After conducting user testing, users found it slightly confusing on where they were supposed to go next after they arrived at the home page. Here is a link to my initial game navigation. 

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I simplified the navigation to make it clearer to the user what was expected of them.

I used Adobe Illustrator to draw the background image of the kitchen.

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Here is a link to my demo. I hope you enjoy!

 

Photo Galleries

Photo galleries are a great way to tell a story or visualise an event. This week I participated in Elearning Hero’s Challenge #84 – Using Image Sliders and Photo Galleries. I was excited to get stuck into this project as I had a few ideas buzzing around in my head. I really wanted to use a slider, one of Storyline 2’s new features. I decided to use wedding imagery, as I thought these are really popular photo galleries and would make great content for this challenge. I got my images from www.freeimages.com.

I saw an example made by Nancy Woinoski, see her example here.  In Nancy’s example she used a dual slider, so as well as dragging the slider you could also drag the images along. I thought this was really cool so I decided to give this a go.

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In my other example I really wanted to use a grid layout. I was inspired by the site: designspiration.net. I was really pleased with how this one turned out.

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Check out my demo here

New beginnings

Well, I’ve finally got a blog up and running. I have been meaning to for a while, after I started contributing to the Elearning Challenges, and was inspired to create a blog explaining the process behind my work. These challenges have been invaluable to me as I have started to build up my portfolio.

After working for Air New Zealand as an elearning developer for three years, in a few weeks I will be shaking life up a bit and moving across the world to London. Why? I love to travel and explore and well… why not? I figured London is the ideal place to set myself up, as I will be able to grow my elearning career and do lots of travelling at the same time. I was lucky enough to get a 5 year working visa, so very soon I will be thrown into a new culture and environment and will just see where life takes me.

Has anyone done a big move like this before? Feel free to comment with advice or tips for finding a job in London or places to check out.