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Wake Up Your Webinar with LOLA and Thiagi--Handout and Recording

Wake Up Your Webinar

Training webinars have replaced Death by PowerPoint as the most B-O-R-I-N-G instructional technique.

In this one hour session Thiagi shared an interactive approach called LOLAs (Live Online Learning Activities) for improving and increasing the level of engagement and effectiveness of virtual classrooms. LOLAs have been field tested in a variety…


Added by NASAGA on May 4, 2016 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

NASAGA Meetup in Baltimore! March 21st. 7pm

Hey Baltimore and D.C. students and professionals! Join NASAGA as we practice what we preach-let’s learn through playing games. Expand your repertoire of learning activities for a wide variety of audiences. Experience team building and communication activities while broadening your network of instructional designers, OD practitioners, facilitators, educators, game designers, trainers, and more.

This event is free, but guest parking at Towson Univesity is $5. Please visit the parking…


Added by Samantha Knight on February 25, 2016 at 9:14am — No Comments

From the Chair | SIMAGES February 2016

From the Chair

by Samantha Knight

Every year the NASAGA conference pushes boundaries and introduces new ideas to all participants. The 2015 conference was no different in that respect, and paved the way for future conferences.

Our adventures in Seattle, led by John Chen and Jeannette Davidson, had us journey into space, gallivant around the city, explore new technology and trends (oculus rift and eSports tournament), compete in a conference game via a conference app…


Added by NASAGA on February 12, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

NASAGA16 Call for Proposals Is Closed | SIMAGES February 2016

NASAGA Conference 2016 Call for Proposals has Closed

We had a great response to our call for proposals. Thanks to all of you.

Have you ever considered facilitating an interactive session at a gaming and simulation conference? If so, now is your chance to share those experiences and have fun with like minds! We have opened the call for…


Added by NASAGA on February 12, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments

From Zombies to Mathematicians | SIMAGES February 2016

by Damond Crump and Ryan Booth

Damond Crump and Ryan Booth were participants in the Game Design Certificate at the 2015 NASAGA conference in Seattle.  – Editor

As educators we know that a successful middle school mathematician is more likely to become a successful high school and higher-education mathematician. The basic concepts practiced during the middle schools years provide the baseline for success. Data suggests that 8th grade algebra concepts in particular are the…


Added by NASAGA on February 7, 2016 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Why I Keep Coming Back to NASAGA | SIMAGES 2016

by Beth Levine

I have to be honest.  When I think of NASAGA, my immediate associations are:  love, laughter, learning. 

One might expect learning to be the first association with a professional development organization.  And so it was when I left my first conference in Portland 18 years ago.  I learned at an exponential rate in those early years – about training in general; about learning objectives and interactive designs; about improv and game design. 

 I left that…


Added by NASAGA on February 7, 2016 at 7:30pm — No Comments

The Evolving SIMAGES Article | SIMAGES February 2016

The Evolving SIMAGES Article

by NASAGA members like you

As a NASAGA member you are invited to play along in the creation of this article.  Here are the rules:

Goal:  Respond to a Question Prompt and add to the body of knowledge

1.) Read the Entries below then choose one or more of the following actions:

  • Write an entry of your own
  • Respond to another person’s Entry
  • Make a guess about who the author is for…

Added by NASAGA on February 7, 2016 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Greg Koeser Recognized for Lifetime Achievement | SIMAGES February 2016

by Linda Keller

The Ifill/Raynolds Award is a memorial award for outstanding contributions to simulation gaming. Through it, NASAGA recognizes one of its members who develops and/or uses simulation games with joy and serious purpose, in the spirit which NASAGA’s friends and colleagues Don Ifill and Gennie Raynolds brought to all their work, and specifically to their work with simulation gaming. The award recipient’s work should respect and make use of the power and spiritual richness…


Added by NASAGA on February 7, 2016 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Goals Beyond Competition and Collaboration | SIMAGES February 2016

By Tom Fennewald


Collaborative, competitive, or something else:  which kind of game best fits your needs?

 Using games can make facilitated workshops come alive in ways that are engaging and memorable for participants. Think for a moment about the kinds of games you have enjoyed playing either at or outside of facilitated workshops.

Chances are the kinds of games that came to your mind were either competitive or collaborative—where players had a shared goal and…


Added by NASAGA on February 7, 2016 at 7:00pm — No Comments

A Solution for “Exam-Based” Education | SIMAGES February 2016

A Solution for “Exam-Based” Education in Hong Kong

by Yeung Siu Kit (Dennis)

As a first time participant of the NASAGA conference, I was very impressed by the exhilarating and affectionate environment. I DID play a lot and learn a lot! Taking this opportunity, I would like to express my gratitude towards the 2015 NASAGA conference committee for organizing such a wonderful event!  Also, thanks for inviting me to share my thoughts and research in SIMAGES. --…


Added by NASAGA on February 7, 2016 at 6:00pm — No Comments

2015 Rising Star Award | SIMAGES February 2016

by Linda Keller


Every year at NASAGA conferences, game designers, consultants, educators and business professionals are exposed to both classic and new strategies for enhancing learning and designing games. This year, we had the opportunity to participate in something new -…


Added by NASAGA on February 7, 2016 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Using Activity Theory to Design Game-Based Learning Environments |SIMAGES February 2016

Using Activity Theory to Design Game-Based Learning Environments with Intentionality…


Added by NASAGA on February 7, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

NASAGA15 Scholarships | SIMAGES February 2016

NASAGA 2015 Conference Scholarship Awards

by Becky Rice

NASAGA is a network of professionals working on the design, implementation, and evaluation of games and simulations to improve learning results in education and training. Each year, NASAGA holds an annual conference and awards scholarships for aspiring professionals to attend.  The scholarships pay for the registration fee portion of the recipients’ conference expenses.  This year’s scholarship…


Added by NASAGA on February 7, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments

Ready-to-Use Activity | SIMAGES February 2016

Paper Shapes

by Becky Rice

Here is a quick activity to raise issues around what make for positive…


Added by NASAGA on February 7, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments

Argumente gegen die Bildung zu Hause


Mit diesem können Sie nicht streiten - das Lernen außerhalb der typischen Schule wird sehr lange dauern. Einige Leute denken, dass ein Großteil der Hausunterricht nur für Lehrbüchern findet. Aber in der Tat ist die Herstellung von jeder Lektion erfordert viel Aufwand -, Material zu finden, um einen Zeitplan und planen Aktivitäten zu schaffen. Und um zu Hause zu studieren fort interessanter und effektiver, sollte es zu einer Vielzahl von Aktivitäten gehen…


Added by Jay Rocket on February 1, 2016 at 4:59am — No Comments

How to educate children

Possibly you've pondered to yourself, what is the most ideal approach to teach children? As I would see it, on the off chance that I need to answer it, then I say vehemently is on how the folks did the first setting for the early youth advancement. This is on account of involvement in youth has constantly made an impression and impact their improvement into a grown-up.

The principal setting for the early youth improvement that you ought to do is to…


Added by Jay Rocket on December 8, 2015 at 8:45am — No Comments

NASAGA Live Online?--The Takeaways

NASAGA Live Online? Takeaways

Monday, December 14, 2015 from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Eastern, 10:00 AM Pacific
We had a great live online session to explore the possibilities for live (and lively) online learning.  We shared some new ideas for creating truly engaging webinars and helped shape NASAGA programs in 2016.

Roger Courville facilitated…


Added by NASAGA on December 2, 2015 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Check out the NASAGA Training Activity Book

Our members created a terrific collection of training activities. These are tested designs that provide an engaging learning experience on a variety of topics. Read more about our book and take a look…


Added by NASAGA on November 10, 2015 at 5:53am — 2 Comments

Periscope in on the Organizational Design Jam in Hong Kong

 NASAGANs James Bishop and Jimbo Clark will be periscoping from the Innovation Tower at HK PolyU with consultants, leaders and academics from around Asia.  Their quest?  To co-design new processes for organizational change.

The event is co-sponsored by the Co-Creation Institute and Brains on the Beach (affectionately known as BoB). BoB is a gathering of freaks geeks and outliers who are committed to improving the level of collaboration between external and internal agents of…


Added by NASAGA on November 6, 2015 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

From the Chair | SIMAGES July 2015

From the Chair

By Melissa Peterson

Since joining the board of NASAGA one of my driving goals has been to create online experiences and leverage social media in ways that allow us all to engage with NASAGA year-round. From this goal, #NASAGAchat was born, and while ultimately it was not sustainable, it taught us that our most compelling conversations happened when we brought in an expert to…


Added by NASAGA on July 13, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

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