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Complex Mechanics: 9 Gamed-Up Teaching ApproachesClick to magnify

Complex Mechanics: 9 Gamed-Up Teaching Approaches


**For Teachers, Training Managers, Instructional Designers & Learning Game Designers** (Great for professional development workshops!)

by Prof. Joe Bisz

One of the biggest challenges for educators and training managers is to create meaningful exercises, which means quick, non-digital exercises that give their learners both deep learning and engagement. 

This game presents you with 9 teaching templates that gamify any of your existing instructional exercises, whether for the classroom or workplace. All templates are academically grounded: classified by Bloom’s taxonomy, deep learning principles, and engagement mechanics. With these cards, you are walked through a brainstorming session where you will design your own non-digital learning game!

This game shows you how to adapt ANY of your existing lesson plans or instructional ideas into a game. It is a little more advanced than my other game about game design “What’s Your Game Plan?”. It can be used as a stand-alone game, or together with “What’s Your Game Plan?” as an expansion.

Important Note on Instructions: This game does NOT come with printed instructions; you must download them by clicking the View Rulebook link above.

Length:  25 minutes

Players: 1-8 players

Contents:  9 Complex Mechanic cards, 5 Simple Mechanic cards, 4 Action cards, 1 Rule Card (19 cards total)

Edition: Allure of Play.

--This version has the most updated cards that reflect the images in my new book about these concepts. The book is called "The Educator's Guide to Designing Games and Creative Active-Learning Exercises: The Allure of Play" and can be purchased on Amazon here For more about me, see or

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This title was added to our catalog on October 31, 2016.
Prof Joe Bisz