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The Hero’s Journey: Exploring Often Overlooked Elements in Learning Games

  • Thursday, January 14, 2021
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Virtual Event


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This event has been approved for SHRM-PDC and HRCI recertification credit.

Today's learners expect a lot from their learning games. Grabbing their attention and keeping it requires technology that features amazing graphics, feature functionality, badges, and all manner of techno-wizardry. This session will explore often-overlooked elements in learning games that have more to do with the story---the narrative---which can take surprisingly little time to craft, but can make all the difference for learner engagement and immersion. We'll explore a proven model with examples that demonstrate these elements in detail. Core concepts from the hero's journey apply to all incredible stories---from Rocky Balboa to Luke Skywalker to Indiana Jones, these elements are the reason people care to dedicate their attention. Dedicate your attention to this session and return to your job with story elixir.

Learning Objectives:

  • Apply a proven model for effective game elements that follows best practices for storytelling and narrative
  • Design basic elements in learning games to elevate the immersion and engagement factors
  • Evaluate game elements within the context of the Hero's Journey model 

ATD Competencies Covered: Instructional Design, Learning Technologies

To learn more about this model see: https://tdcapability.org/#/


Richard is a dynamic, experienced consultant and professional facilitator with over 25 years in the field of human performance and development. As co-founder of eLearning Brothers Custom and Vice President of Customer Success, Richard has forged a number of deep relationships with leaders in the field of professional learning services and has provided significant contributions to an impressive list of clients. Prior to eLearning Brothers, Richard co-founded impact Solutions – a professional learning services company service focusing on comprehensive learning solutions for domestic and international clients with a focus on the MENA region.

Richard has also worked as a National Training and Design Manager for Discover Financial Services and Morgan Stanley MasterCard operations. In this role he managed curriculum for over 4,500 employees in five states and was recognized nationally on a number of occasions for significant, innovative accomplishments in the training arena that resulted in greater speed to competence and dramatic improvements in employee retention.

In November, 2008 Richard was recognized by the Association of Talent Development (ATD) as a Certified Professional in Talent Development and served as president of the ATD Utah Chapter in 2011. He is currently active in local leadership and national learning strategy for ATD.

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