Game Show Espresso: Quick tips to perk up your training

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Game Show Espresso
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The Game Show Minute:

Last month, we featured our first episode of “The Game Show Minute” — a snappy little minute-long video giving quick tips about using game shows in training. This will become a monthly feature — so check it out at the bottom corner of this newsletter, visit our YouTube page, and feel free to let us know what you want to hear!

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Completing the Training Cycle Using Game Shows:
Game Shows
A lot of trainers we talk to are incredibly familiar with using game shows in the training classroom setting: to review, preview and present information (with Gameshow Pro), or even to assess (with AllPlay). These are great and highly-effective ways to use the game show format.

However, with training budgets sometimes reducing the amount of face-to-face classroom time, there have to be other ways to engage learners outside of the classroom setting. This is both lamentable (there's great debate over whether e-learning or the like can ever compare to face-to-face training) and presents a great opportunity to use game shows in a different way.

Reviewing after a training session: Even if you have classroom training, you can use a game show online (like QuizPoint) to review information and keep the interest levels high. Participants can play at their own pace—at their desks or at home.

Previewing a training session: Generate excitement around a topic and allow trainees to start to explore their own knowledge by posting a game show online before a training session. If you have a training preview forum or information portal, this can be a particularly valuable addition.

Have ongoing competitions: Make online games an ongoing point of interest, introducing, reviewing and keeping training topics fresh over a long period of time. Keep a master leader board where trainees can see how they’ve done compared to their peers. You can even offer prizes at the end of a month or module.

Bring a game into your webinar: Use your content and game shows in the virtual classroom (like with AllPlay Web). Get the same level of engagement as you preview, review and teach topics by interspersing game show segments throughout your online training session.

LearningWare Posts Webinar Survey Results:
Dan Hannan
By Ken Molay From WebinarWire

LearningWare has posted the results of a recent survey about webinar usage and perception. They sent out requests to 15,000 recipients and received over 300 responses.

You can go online to see summary results with LearningWare's comments or a full breakdown of responses including write-in responses from participants.

Participation was heavily oriented towards training and education webinars, which makes sense since that is the primary market for LearningWare and would have been prevalent on their mailing list.

One of the questions that I particularly enjoyed was asking people how they have multi-tasked while watching a webinar. It's not just a matter of checking emails or doing other things at the computer. People regularly get up and leave their desk or turn the sound off to concentrate on something else! This is one reason I cast a jaundiced eye at "attention meters" in web conferencing software that check whether focus is on the web conferencing window. I'd rather have someone listening to me and seeing most of my slide while they check their email than have the window focus exclusively on my slide while they are off getting a cup of coffee in the break room!

The final question and response summary is probably the most important for you as a presenter. "What could make webinars better?" received overwhelming responses of "More interaction" and "Better presentations." The next time you need to give a webinar, think about these answers!

Thanks for sharing, LearningWare.

Client Profile

California POST
The California POST (Peace Officer's Standards Training) uses Gameshow Pro and QuizFactory (now QuizPoint) throughout their organization. We talked to Jan Myra about HOW they’re using game shows to train officers in everything from hostage negotiations to homeland security.

Q: Who uses Gameshow Pro in your organization?
Well, it's used state-wide for California Law Enforcement training. Instructors out at the academies and individual agencies use it to train officers. I'd say we have about 90,000 users. We have an unlimited license and about once a week I get a call from a trainer wanting to use the game shows.

Q: When/how is the game show used?
We use the online quiz [QuizFactory/QuizPoint] in our training bulletins to jazz things up and to track how everyone is doing, since all the information gets registered when they play. We also use Gameshow Pro in team-building or in work shops, we use it for briefing sessions—it prepares the trainees for POST DVD exams and it helps us to know that learning has taken place. Dispatch uses it for their training, too, and we use it as a polling device as well.

Q: What are some examples of training sessions that employ Gameshow Pro?
We use it for all kinds of things: First Aid/CPR, Chemical Agents instruction, Information Systems, Basic Hostage Negotiation—and much, much more.

Q: How are the game shows received?
They're very effective—they really DO jazz things up. And the thing is that the game shows are talked about in other classes, too. Participants carry that experience with them.

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Dan Yaman
Dan Yaman
President & Founder, LearningWare

Q. I'm interested in using a game show to increase interest in a topic (physical fitness) and bring traffic to my website. How do I go about doing that, and what are some best practices?

A. That's an interesting way to use a game show! Game shows capitalize on the competitive nature of individuals and teams--so they can be a great tool to generate and sustain interest in a topic or a training. [Note: Trainers can also use the following advice to get trainees to visit their learning portals and review content after a training session...]

You might want to try posting a weekly or monthly game show on your site with general questions about physical fitness. You could do a different topic every time, or you can use a Categories-style game and have each category be a different aspect of fitness.

Have a "leader board" or results page where game show players can see how they rank among their peers. You can either choose to let them play again (to get a higher score and try for the top) or not. You can also choose to give a prize to the highest scorer for the week or month, or enter everyone who plays in a drawing. We find that oftentimes, however, just the pride of competing and the chance to show off their knowledge will get participants coming back again and again.

When people know that there’s going to be a fresh game every so often—where they can explore new information and demonstrate their mastery of a topic—they’ll stop back to check for it. And while it's good to best a group of strangers, people will want to beat their friends, too. Be sure to include a link so that visitors can spread the word.

Try using QuizPoint—it's an easy way to create an online quiz or game show that everyone can play, and it automatically tracks data in a robust LMS!

Got a question for Dan and Missy, authors of the book I’ll Take Learning for 500; Using Game Shows to Engage, Motivate and Train? Submit them to and they could end up in a future edition of Game Show Espresso.

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We'd like to welcome Bob McMullan to the LearningWare family. He's our newest VP of Business Development, and can be reached at Feel free to drop him a note to say hi!

Dan Yaman is presenting in Santa Clara at the Virtual Edge Conference about making presentations more engaging.

Audience-response game show used in critical 90-minute session for Honeywell Life Safety Division.

LearningWare launching new certified OSHA games in spring in cooperation with Hilmerson Safety. These align perfectly with OSHA-10 and OSHA-30 trainings, and are developed by safety trainers with over 20 years of individual experience.

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