The recording of the webinar that I did for the Gameful folks has been posted – it’s available here:
We wound up with a troll in the room towards the end, who kept posting links to -erm- unsavory sites, so be careful about clicking links in the chat (The ones in the actual presentation slides are safe). Made for a slightly odd experience.
Slides and links can be found here: http://usablelearning.com/about/presentations/leef/
Hey — what are you doing on Sunday? I’m doing this:
The concept of Flow has gotten a little overused in game design, but there are still useful insights and subtleties that can be applied to experience design. And, it’s free! And we’ll look at a PET scan of your brain on Tetris! And, it’s free! And, we’ll play Plants vs Zombies! And, free!
More info here: http://gameful.org/groups/educational-games/forum/topic/gameful-webinar-%E2%80%93-sunday-february-12-2012-2013/
So I’ve probably mentioned in the past that Sebastian Deterding is one of my professional crushes. I’ll try not to gush excessively, but he’s really smart.
Here’s his latest slideshare on research for behavioral change, and it’s fantastic stuff:
The MAO Model: Research for Behavior Change.
He’s got some interesting critiques of the rider / elephant metaphor (from Jonathan Haidt’s Happiness Hypothesis) which I’m really curious about. I’ve used that metaphor a lot, and I think it’s useful for learning design, but I’ll definitely investigate his points — for example, he points out that shifting all the emphasis to the elephant isn’t the right strategy either (I’m sure that there’s a lot that isn’t in the slides — will have to see if there’s a recording of the talk).