The Gamification of eLearning

Gamification is becoming more popular with employers who are upskilling or just training employees.

Bringing a gaming element into the learning situation not just makes it fun to learn but also plays on human nature who work better with motivation and the possibility of some positive reinforcement if they do well.Image

“E-learning has the incredible ability to overcome major challenges by using a combination of visual and auditory components to deliver the learning message, rather than just written words on a page. Gameplay promotes collaboration and strategy skills while also aligning passion and commitment to competition”

It can put the learner in a simulated real world situation giving him or her experience rather than just reading words from a page so they may be better able to deal with whatever the topic they are learning when it does come up in real life.

“gamification in training can increase its effectiveness by as much as 50%”


Micro Learning is a new trend which, with the increasing user base of Social Media is becoming more apparent.Image

It has always been know that humans are much better at retaining smaller chunks of information and adding it to our long term memory and so micro-learning is the availability of small pieces of learning which can be consumed through many different outlets, whether they be social media sites, blogs, online videos or text messages.

The idea is that a user can gather small bits of information and learning at different times which will eventually build up to be a substantial piece of learning.

It can be used for learning a language, coding and many other subjects

Medical Implications

The Medical Profession have already started to take advantage of the technology.

Every Human body is different and so the ease and customisability of parts for implanting in humans is very exciting.

The savings in cost are enough to write home about.1104-mod-prosthetic-hand_full_380

But more than this, there are people who are doing it for themselves such as Paul McCarthy, a special effects expert whose son, Leon was born with a condition which left him with no fingers.

Paul decided to take things into his own hands and designed and printed a prosthetic hand which has completely changed his sons life.

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Video is becoming more and more prevalent in the eLearning sector with millions of online tutorials to be easily accessed online with little or no cost.

This allows the learner to learn at their own pace  and even to pause or go back over something that has been missed.

Video also adds a personable feel to the lesson and makes it informal allowing the user to relax which is very important when learning.

“while video can be used to put across more general principles as well as to deliver presentations, discussions and documentaries, it’s at its best when it’s showing you how to do something. And not surprisingly, that’s what most of those YouTube videos do.”

ImageVideo can also be used alongside many reflective forms of media such as books, pdfs and web articles. Bring forums into the mix and the learner can get feedback or ask questions about sections which might be difficult or harder to understand

Will it make it?

3D printing, in its current form is not much competition for the conventional mass production techniques.

This is due to the durability and finish of the material which is used in the ‘Additive Manufacturing (3D printing)’, which some people say is only good for prototyping and some specialised one of products and for this reason it has been called a gimmick or fad.20130907_TQP012_0

But in the future it has been predicted that the material used will be atoms themselves and this will mean configuring the material to and substance wished.

“And that is about all that 3D printers are good for, reckon the doubters. Chief among them is Terry Gou, the boss of Foxconn, the world’s largest contract manufacturer of electronic goods, which makes many of Apple’s products in China. He thinks 3D printing is just “a gimmick” without any commercial value in the manufacture of real finished goods, and he has vowed to start spelling his name backwards if proved wrong.”


This doesn’t take away the fact that the consumer has been given a lot more power with the introduction of desktop 3D printers and new companies creating specialised blueprints so we can print our very own 3D product from the comfort of our living room.

“Meanwhile, 3D printing is becoming more readily available to people with no equipment of their own through service providers that print objects on demand from digitised plans, such as Shapeways, based in New York, Sculpteo, based in France, and Materialise, based in Belgium. It prints medical implants for surgeons, models of buildings for architects, lampshades for interior designers, custom-made knobs for cabinet-makers and lightweight parts for industrial robots.”


Gone are the days…..

eLearning has come a long way from its humble beginnings. The emergence of new technologies being rolled out and an incredible rate and the new wave of superfast broadband internet has completely changed the landscape of eLearning.

With this comes new expectations.

Real-time collaboration is becoming more and more sought after as a cheap and effective way of delivering classes and tutorials and other learning.

The internet has come into a golden age with the rolling out of fast broadband and with it the expansion of possibilities. This is key for the delivery of eLearning.

The old days of eLearning through the post which would mean days or even weeks between feedback from teachers and lecturers are gone.

“The general population’s willingness to search for and act on information, as well as interact with others 106-chat_logoin authentic ways–regardless of location–has begun to carry over to real-time collaboration and online learning. ”

This type of learning is not just for traditional colleges and schools. Even though the likes of ‘Open University’ have been around a long time, the new advancements in eLearning will completely change the way they do things and for the better.

Examples of real-time collaboration tools: chat rooms, skype, social media, bootcamp

Change a coming (3D print)

Image“As applications of the technology expand and prices drop, the first big implication is that more goods will be manufactured at or close to their point of purchase or consumption. This might even mean household-level production of some things. (You’ll pay for raw materials and the IP—the software files for any designs you can’t find free on the web.) Short of that, many goods that have relied on the scale efficiencies of large, centralized plants will be produced locally. Even if the per-unit production cost is higher, it will be more than offset by the elimination of shipping and of buffer inventories. Whereas cars today are made by just a few hundred factories around the world, they might one day be made in every metropolitan area. Parts could be made at dealerships and repair shops, and assembly plants could eliminate the need for supply chain management by making components as needed.”

source:  Richard A. D’Aveni

This will have implications for big manufacturing business and other sectors such as retail.

The likes of China who in recent years have become the biggest holder of outsourcing contracts will have a big problem on their hands.

With issues like this, come the other inevitable problems relating to national economies and the Global economy as a whole.

What will this mean for Capitalism????

The Cloud

ImageOne definite trend in technology is the move to cloud based computing/storage. This move is already in full swing with the likes of music applications and graphics suites such as adobe having already made to move to online subscription based cloud accessible applications

It is only inevitable that eLearning applications, if they have not already done so, will soon follow.

“There is an increasing demand for inexpensive, high quality, global training. Currently, business is transitioning from costly in-person training routines to eLearning programs. In the coming years, any stigmas attached to online learning will be abolished. Instead, cloud-based technology will streamline corporate training procedures and open doors to customized learning options for small and medium sized businesses”   source:  Jeffrey Roth

My Assumptions (What I have heard)

From what I have learned or heard over the last couple of years (no research), the possibilities of 3D printing are endless!

The emergence of this technology could eventually bring about the biggest change in World society ever.

It could spell the end for capitalism as we know it, or from the threat of this could be the dawn of a more strict and authoritarian society.

But maybe we are getting ahead of ourselves.

Once someone owns a 3D printer, which are relatively cheap, one can just download the plans or blueprints from the net and print themselves anything from a house to an automobile or even a gun.

Nasa have already printed engine parts which could be used in space missions and are already in the process of building a purpose built printer which they will they will deposit on the International Space Station (ISS) which will allow the astronauts on the station to print spare parts or special custom built tools for specific jobs for maintenance of the station or any visiting vessel. This will dramatically cut costs of Space based research.

Even more exciting, is what it means for space exploration and colonisation of the likes of Mars.

The first artificially printed burgar was recently created using actual cloned cells from a cow. This could lead to a fix for world hunger.

As I have said many times in this post, the possibilities are endless and we are at the cusp or dramatic change. Lets hope it is for the best!!

The Job.1

This blog is part of an assignment I am doing for my 4th year, 1st semester, Digital Culture Module on my Multimedia degree.

The assignment is in 2 parts.

1.  Create a blog to research and discuss a topic that falls under the category of ‘Emerging Technology’. The Digital Age is upon us and it looks like it is here to stay. at least until ‘Quantum computing’ arrives, if it arrives.

2.  Based on my research, I must prepare a PodCast. The Podcast must be 120 seconds long with professional quality audio and with option of using an animation or video.

For my topic, I have chosen 3D printing. And what it means for the future