Happy New Year!
A big thanks to Judy Unrein for blogging last month. If you didn't
get a chance to read it, you should go back and catch up on her
thoughts on HTML5 and our fortcoming TechKnowledge
I'm really pleased to have Karl Kapp take the blogging reins for
the month of January.
I first saw Karl Kapp speak at last year's Innovations in
E-Learning event. Karl often speaks at ASTD's TechKnowledge
conference and other similar events, but I'd never had a chance to
hear him. I'm glad I was able to catch up with him last year.
Karl's session was on 3D, games, and simulations and why they
matter for learning. The session was enthralling. Never before had
I seen someone approach the topic with the amount of research and
case examples that Karl did. It was a great session.
If you're not familiar with Karl's background, he is a leading
consultant, scholar, and expert on the convergence of learning,
technology, and business operations. He is a professor of
instructional technology in Bloomsburg University's Instructional Technology Department
and is the assistant director of the Institute for Interactive
Technologies (IIT). Two of his more recent books are Learning in 3D
, which he wrote with Tony O'Driscoll, and
Gadgets, Games and Gizmos for Learning
forthcoming book is titled The Gamification of
Learning and Instruction: Game-Base Methods and Strategies for
Training and Education
Karl already has a very active blog in Kapp Notes
, but he
was nice enough to take on blogging duties here for the month of
January. He'll be talking about games, simulations, and ARGs--and
ranting a bit about how to better engage learners.