The complete guide to simulations and serious games

| March 7, 2011

Title: The complete guide to simulations and serious games : how the most valuable content will be created in the age beyond Gutenberg to Google

Author: Clark Aldrich

Publisher: San Francisco : Pfeiffer, c2009

Call no.: LB1029.S5 A43 2009

From the Publisher:

The Complete Guide to Simulations and Serious Games offers an encyclopedic overview and complete lexicon for those who care about the next generation of educational media. This is the essential reference for not only those directly involved in simulations and serious games, but also for researchers and writers, computer game designers, policy makers, and entrepreneurs.

Organized as a style guide, the book includes more than 600 easy-to-browse entries and definitions, divided into key topics with introductory essays highlighting essential concepts. Written by Clark Aldrich—acclaimed educational simulation game designer—the book creates a unified view of capturing skills and knowledge and then developing them in others, through different uses of: computer interfaces, level design, bosses, dynamic systems, game elements, displays, units on maps, skill cones, feedback, assessment strategies, even balanced scorecards and artificial intelligence, just to name a few.

It balances tactical (what needs to go into a first level of a sim; what are questions to ask subject matter experts, how should programs be evaluated; when and how should coaches be used) to strategic (what is the difference between learning to know, learning to do, and learning to be; what does situational awareness look like when developing leadership or stewardship). In the spirit of Webster, Strunk and White, and Tufte, filled with helpful guidance and illustrative case studies, The Complete Guide to Simulations and Serious Games is the definitive “go-to” bookshelf reference for this generation.

About the Author

Clark Aldrich is a global education thought leader, labeled a guru by Fortune Magazine.  As well as being an award-winning industry analyst, speaker, and writer, Clark Aldrich is one of the top educational simulation designers in the world.  His simulations have been patent winning, generated millions in revenues, are market leaders in their categories, have been rigorously proven to drive long term desired changes in behavior, and have been translated and deployed in dozens of countries and languages.

Clients (past and present) of Clark Aldrich and his colleagues at Clark Aldrich Designs include Cisco, Microsoft, Department of Defense, Center for Army Leadership, Harvard Business School Publishing, HP, Shell, GM, UPS, McDonald’s, World Anti-Doping Agency, and parts of the intelligence community.

Previously, Aldrich was the founder and former director of research for Gartner’s e-learning coverage. He graduated from Brown University with a degree in Cognitive Science, and earlier in his career worked on special projects for Xerox’ executive team.

On the Web

From eLearn Magazine: http://www.elearnmag.org/subpage.cfm?section=reviews&article=12-1

From Learning Solutions Magazine: http://www.learningsolutionsmag.com/articles/467/book-review-the-complete-guide-to-simulations–serious-games-by-clark-aldrich