Thursday, March 17, 2011

Ten online games for facilitation or training!

Last week I attended a seminar about Gaming which was organised by Saganet, a platform promoting gaming for professional purposes (education, training, organisational development). At the moment around 80 % of the young people in The Netherlands regulary play computer games. An increasing number of adults regularly are playing games for fun. At the moment the Gaming Industry generates a multiple factor of income on what is earned in the filmindustry.

Martijn Koops, lecturer at Hogeschool Utrecht, mentions the term 'Edutainment' to match educational objectives of trainers/ teachers with the living world of the todays generation. Through the 'Game Cycle' the today's generation learns through Action Learning. First play the game, experiment and after that apply reflective exercises to gain lessons and link them to theoretical concepts. Ineke Verheul, Director of Game On, stresses that there are already sufficient existing commercial games (online and offline) to support 'educational processes'. There is no need to invest huge amounts of money in developing new games, but use the ones that are already there! She bases her experiences on research she conducted during the past years.
Based on discussions with colleagues, teachers and trainers recommended that games (online and offline) are most useful for facilitation, training or teaching when, they:
- are simple (easy to understand and not supported by huge manuals) and low profile;
- take less than 15 minutes;
- are easy accessible by computer (no complications in accessing by computer)
- look professional & have the appropriate music or sounds
- are challenging and stimulate a process of learning
- are fun to play.

Last week, I did some research myself on the internet. Based on my experience with games, I discovered the 10 online games which are fun to play and easy to embed in a training or facilitation event:
1. Formula 1 racing2. Tennis3. Playing Patience (card game)4. Games People Play (mens erger je niet)5. Pinball game6. Slots (fruit gambling machine)7. Monopoly8. Gold roulette game9. Pecman10. Bowling
Of course you can also ask your participants to surf for a game at the internet and ask them to present. The blogspot Beter Gamen provides some useful hints where to find and how to use games in your trainings.

Please feel free to share more or links of games which can be used for trainings or facilitation events.

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