Designing Effective Game-Based Training Programs Certificate

 One Online Session Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Register early. Course size is limited.


Certificate Overview

Certificate Overview

Game-Based Learning is more than badges, points, leaderboards and trophies. This hands-on interactive certificate will walk you through the best practices for preparing and managing the development of a serious game for training. Experience first-hand how to determine the roles and mechanics that motivate gamers within any type of game-based experience. You’ll learn how to identify opportunities for using games in learning experiences, and how to properly plan, manage, and track outcomes of serious game efforts for your organization. You’ll also explore how to use game mechanics to motivate learners to acquire knowledge and skill, rather than merely receive and memorize information and how learners pull the data out of their experience and enjoy the time spent taking the learning module. By the end of this certificate, you’ll understand WHY you should use serious games, as well as HOW and the WHEN to use game-based learning for training programs.

Looking to get started in game-based learning? This is the certificate for you! Learn from one of the industry experts that has over a decade of building games for learning in the corporate training realm. This session will allow you to get a foundation of what it will take to build an effective learning experience that will engage and entertain your workforce.

See important 'Technical Requirements' below.

Bonus Items:

  • Custom Game Brainstorming Player Cards
  • Step-by-Step Guide for Brainstorming Games
  • Serious Game White Paper from Designing Digitally, Inc
  • Instruction blended with practical design and development guidance from an award-winning serious game developer with 15+ years of industry experience developing custom serious games for the largest brands in the world.

Program Details
During this certificate program your instructor will guide you, step-by-step, through the process of using Bartle's Player types and aligning those with game mechanics. You will also learn how to create engagement through the use of game mechanics to produce fun and learning at the same time. Session assignment(s) will be integrated into each one hour segment – teach/demos for 40-45 minutes with 10-15 minutes to work on assignment. This approach will allow participants to practice the concepts taught in that previous segment while still fresh on mind. At the end of a session (3 hours) a final assignment will be distributed for continued self-paced practice.

This certificate program is for those who are novices to game-based learning but develop eLearning. A solid understanding of eLearning course features and functions is required. A basic understanding of computing concepts (zipping/unzipping files, etc.) is also required and a basic understanding of game genres is helpful but not required.

Who Should Attend
Everyone! This course is for all audiences looking to start with using gaming in the training realm. We will be working on fundamentals to understand the types of learners, and what motivates them based on their gaming persona. We will not be using a technical software to develop games but we will focus on the framework to understanding the development of building your first game no matter what platform you are comfortable using.

Technical Requirements

Technical Requirements

You will need Adobe Acrobat to view PDF’s and a printer to print some cards to use during our course. You may use the eLearning tools/software you already have. If you don’t already have eLearning tools/software, you may wish to download trial versions of Storyline, Captivate, Lectora or other eLearning tools/software of your choice. However the course does not cover how you use specific software/tools. If downloading a trial versions, please do so no sooner than the day before the course starts so that the trial does not expire before you complete any applicable homework assignments.




Andrew Hughes, President, Designing Digitally, Inc.has extensive experience in the development of enterprise immersive learning solutions for Government and Fortune 1000 clients. He teaches as a professor at the University of Cincinnati and has been a consultant for the Ohio Board of Regents and the U.S. Department of Education for the Office of Innovation, where he helped to develop ground-breaking learning spaces for the K-12 sector.

Course Objectives

Course Objectives

In this certificate you will learn:

  • About the seven elements of game mechanics that must be present for an effective game.
  • About the four types of gamer personalities and how they are motivated.
  • How to weave a compelling storyline into your game.
  • How to choose the right platform to build your learning games.
  • About the types of game rewards, and which ones are effective and ineffective for motivating learners.
  • How to effectively use badging and rewards for serious games.

Course Dates

Course Dates

Register early. Course size is limited!

2018 Course Dates:
(Register by 30 days prior to the course start date and automatically save $150 with our Early Bird rate.

December 2018
One Session: Wednesday, December 12, 2018
RAIN DATE: Thursday, December 13, 2018
The "Rain Date" is a date to reserve on your calendar. It will be used in the unlikely event that an earlier session can not run as planned due to technical difficulties or a speaker emergency.

This certificate is 3 hours in length.

This certificate starts at 1:00 pm Eastern Time (New York time). Here are the certificate start and end times listed in various time zones:

  • 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Pacific Time (PT)
  • 11:00 am - 2:00 pm Mountain Time (MT)
  • 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Central Time (CT)
  • 1:00 noon - 4:00 pm Eastern Time (ET)

For times in other cities, visit this link. All sessions are recorded. In order to earn your Certificate of Completion, you must log in for and participate in each live course and successfully complete any homework assignments by specified deadlines. Recordings of sessions are intended for review purposes only.

Course Rates

2018 Course Rates

Register early. Course size is limited!

  • Early-Bird Registration 30+ days prior to course start date: $545.00
  • Registration within 30 days of course start date:$695.00

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For questions on group discounts, call 612.340.4742, or contact us for details.

Course Equipment

Course Equipment

IMPORTANT - You'll participate in online and collaborative activities in a number of ways, each designed to provide a unique means to interact and learn from experts and colleagues. All course delivery software operates at Internet connection speeds of 56.6 kbps or better, on PC, Mac and Unix platforms. Programs will use teleconferencing or VoIP (voice over Internet Protocol.) The login instructions emailed to you approximately one week prior to the start of the course will outline platform use as well as any headset requirements or suggestions. Each registrant must provide their own laptop or desktop computer and other equipment (such as a headset, if noted in your login instructions) in order to fully and successfully participate in the course. Please test your login information a minimum of 48 hours in advance on your course start date on the computer you will be using for the course.

Certificate Badge

Certificate of Completion and eBadge

After successfully completing your online certificate program, you will receive a professionally produced Certificate of Completion and an eBadge. eBadges are transforming how your hard-earned achievements are recognized, shared and rewarded. You can showcase eBadges in your email signature or on social media sites like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.


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