Greater Philadelphia Chapter

eLearning SIG

  • June 19, 2014
  • 6:00 PM
  • Montgomery County Community College, Advanced Technology Center (ATC), 340 Dekalb Pike, Blue Bell, PA 19422


  • Non-Members may attend 2 SIG meetings at no cost. If they wish to attend a third meeting they must either pay the $30 registration fee or join ASTD PHL Chapter

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Gamification Case Study: Release Your Inner Angry Bird” with Zsolt Olah

Program Description:

…Two simple gamification projects, seven game elements, and a smart game engine to increase learner engagement. 

About five years ago, when Comcast University started using more and more “challenges” and “immersive learning activities” in blended and e-learning solutions, gamification was not as loud and widespread as it is today. Nowadays, whether you are an instructional designer, developer, trainer or L&D manager (or all in one), you probably have been exposed to gamification in your organization to some extent. 

There are great books and online resources out there covering the theory of Gamification - the art of applying game mechanics to non-gaming content. This presentation is not about the theory of gamification (although we’ll cover some basics terms such as content and framework gamification), or even how to design high-budget serious games that may take six plus months from inception to delivery. 

This presentation is a case study of the application of seven basic game elements implemented in a relatively short time-frame using a smart game engine (Scirra’s Construct 2) to reinforce otherwise static content. Come and explore how Comcast University has turned some static PDF and FAQ content into a dynamic, creative, gamified experience using a smart game engine infused with a pinch of humor. Bring your iPad or laptop) and release your inner Angry Bird!

About the Speaker:

Zsolt Olah is a Senior Program Manager at Comcast University’s Product Knowledge team, where he oversees the product knowledge training curriculum, specifically for the X1 Entertainment Operating System, XFINITY apps and other gamification projects. Zsolt has extensive project and program management background, as well as more than a decade of learning and development experience focusing on the synergy of creative learning solutions and technology. 

Zsolt’s passion to combine creativity and technology goes back to his thesis, which was to build an artificial neuron-network in C++ capable of learning how to add two numbers together. Since then, Zsolt has worked in the instructional design and elearning development field with companies such as Pepsi, Nokia, Siemens, IBM, Oracle, and for the last seven years, Comcast. Zsolt is well-versed in most of the top elearning applications and has working knowledge of several programming languages. Zsolt has also designed and taught an information design and delivery university curriculum for the University of Debrecen in his native country, Hungary.

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