Serious Play Certified

This week  I had the awesome opportunity to complete my Level One Gamification Certification under the awesome direction of world-renowned gamification gurus Monica Cornetti and Dr. Pete Jenkins. The certification course was offered as a full-day pre-conference training for the Serious Play Conference, and I joined with about 50 other professionals from the fields of education, healthcare, government, military, technology, and corporate career tracks from all over the United States learning how we can better leverage game-inspired design to engage our target audiences.

logoIn order to complete the level one certification, we were tasked with designing a sample game with goal of getting fictional employees of an equally fictional company to enroll in a healthcare initiative to reduce employee stress, burnout, and turnover. The template of the game I created is provided below. Feel free to use it as inspiration in your own game design!

Author: John

John Meehan (@MeehanEDU) is an English teacher and school instructional coach at Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, Virginia. He began his teaching career in 2010 as a career switcher through The New Teacher Project, after spending five years working in social media and event marketing. He is a 2017 ASCD Emerging Leader, and an alumnus of the 2016-2018 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Teacher Advisory Council. In 2016, he was named one of Arlington, Virginia’s “40 Under 40” by the Leadership Center for Excellence. He is a past presenter and regular attendee at educational conferences throughout the United States, including the annual conference for National Catholic Education Association, ASCD Empower19, and the Play Like a Champion Today: Character Education Through Sports summer conference at the University of Notre Dame. He’s an avid runner who’s completed more than three dozen marathons, half marathons, long-distance road relays, mud runs, and obstacle course races. John lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with his wife, Laura, a high school music teacher and fellow graduate of The Catholic University of America, and a giant-sized Maine Coon cat named Jack.

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