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Sep 20, 2016

Karl Kapp is a gamification analyst, elearning consultant and proffessor at Bloomsberg university.

We collected some common assumptions about games and gamification and asked Karl whether the myths stood up to the research in the field.

For more expertise on learning games you can follow Karl Kapp on twitter: @kkapp, and keep up with his latest research and speaking engagements through his blog: Kapp Notes.

This interview was originally recorded as part of the Big Sponge Hangout in July 2016.

The possible myths and questions that Karl talks through and their times are provided so you can skip back and forth to learn more on a specific subject:

  • 00:39 – Myth: Gamification and learning games are the same thing.
  • 01:48 – What can happen if people get gamification and learning games confused?
  • 02:35 – Myth: Games are just about adding fun to learning.
  • 04:43 – Myth: We’re a serious company so games or gamification isn’t going to suit us.
  • 07:25 – Myth: There’s no hard evidence that games or gamification work for instruction.
  • 09:16 – Myth: Games are just too expensive.
  • 11:15 – Myth: Games suit younger people better.
  • 14:17 – Myth: It’s harder to evaluate the impact of a game.
  • 17:24 – Myth: You have to be a game designer to do games or gamification properly.
  • 19:26 – Myth: Games and gamification in elearning are a fad.
Sep 9, 2016

Chris Wharton is an experienced illustrator who has worked on hundreds of elearning projects as part of Sponge UK’s visual design team.

See some of Chris’ work on Instagram: @designbywharton

Read more about design in elearning on the Sponge UK Blog:

The questions and their times are provided so you can skip back and forth to learn more on a specific subject:

  • 00:40 – What are the benefits of using an illustrative approach in your elearning content?
  • 01:42 – How important is it to create bespoke illustrations?
  • 02:36 – Are there any situations where illustrations aren’t appropriate for elearning?
  • 03:42 – Why do you think infographics are so popular in elearning?
  • 04:30 – What’s the difference between static illustration and illustration for animation?
  • 05:38 – What kind of resources or tools are you using to help succeed as a visual design team?
  • 06:19 – What do you need to take into account when illustrating for responsive or mobile courses?
  • 07:16 – What kind of skills or specialities make an illustrator particularly suited to elearning?
  • 08:02 – How do you think augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) will change the way illustrators work?