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Design Your Own Games and Activities: Thiagi's Templates for Performance Improvement with CDROMby Sivasai Thiagarajan
Synopses & Reviews
Smart trainers know that games and activities can involve adults in learning like no other instructional method and no one knows more about games than Sivasailam "Thiagi" Thiagarajan. In this must-have resource, Thiagi shows you how to customize more than thirty different kinds of games—games that fit the circumstances perfectly and that can be designed in mere minutes.
"I had always heard that magicians were never supposed to reveal the secrets behind their tricks. In this book, Thiagi reveals the secrets behind his forty years of work in human performance technology, and delivers them in a way that will make HPT magicians out of all of us."
—Bill Matthews, Performance Consulting Team. Alteris Group, Birmingham, Michigan
"Packed with meaningful substantive games and activities, this book is a must-have for anyone designing and facilitating performance improvement. Need an interactive strategy fast? This book has a handy classification system based on topic, type of interactive strategy, and format you can use to quickly find just the right game or activity for your performance improvement needs—ones you can modify and us immediately."
—Dr. Darryl Sink, president, Darryl L. Sink & Associates, Inc.
"Thiagi has compiled an amazing book that shows anyone how to be a creative game designer. You will not find anything available elsewhere of greater scope and value."
—Mel Silberman, author, Active Training and 101 Ways to Make Training Active
"For a few dollars you can learn everything you always wanted to know (and some you didn't know you did) about designing training games and activities. Thiagi takes you on an exciting romp through the fundamentals of training exercise design. This tour de force will spark idea after idea about how to create, facilitate, and debrief games and activities. This book is a must-have for every trainer's bookshelf."
—Arthur B. VanGundy, founder, VanGundy & Associates and AllStarMinds.com
"The #1 book by the #1 authority on workplace games! Everything you ever needed to know about games is included in this well-written, easy-to-follow resource. This book is destined to be the dog-eared companion to my dictionary, thesaurus, and Bartlett's Quotations—it is a smorgasbord of tips and techniques for developing, playing, and debriefing games."
—Steve Sugar, author of Games that Teach and co-author of Games that Teach Teams
Book News Annotation:
Thiagarajan is research director for an international company providing custom-designed interactive learning resources in instructor-led and online environments for such clients as AT&T, Chevron, IBM, Intel, and United Airlines. He presents trainers with the "how" of designing interactive learning strategies for improving human performance. Indexed by title and by interactive strategy, but there's no actual subject index. The contents of the accompanying CD-ROM are not defined in the text. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Smart trainers know that games and activities can involve adults in learning like no other instructional method and no one knows more about games than Sivasailam "Thiagi" Thiagarajan. In this must-have resource, Thiagi shows you how to customize more than thirty different kinds of games — games that fit the circumstances perfectly and that can be designed in mere minutes.
This hands-on book will help trainers design their own games that can involve adults in learning like no other method. The designs are created as tools that can be adapted to individual needs and is written by Sivasailam "Thiagi" Thiagarajan who is one of the most recognized authorities in the realm of simulations and games. In this book Thiagi shares his game-building secrets. Thiagi is the co-author of "The Guidebook to Performance Improvement" (0-7879-0353-1) and "Teamwork and Teamplay" (0-7879-4791-1).
About the Author
Sivasailam "Thiagi" Thiagarajan, Ph.D., is director of research at QB International, a company that provides custom-designed interactive learning resources in instructor-led and online environments. Among his long-term clients are AT&T, Bank of Montreal, Cadence Design Systems, Chevron, IBM, Intel, Intelsat, United Airlines, and Liberty Mutual. Thiagarajan has published 40 books, 120 games and simulations, and more than 200 articles. He has made hundreds of presentations and keynote speeches at professional conferences. An international consultant, he has lived in three different countries and has consulted in twenty-one others.
Table of Contents
How to Use This Book.
Introduction: Toward Serious Playfulness.
Part 1. Framegames.
1. Introduction to Framegames.
2. Structured Sharing.
3. Creativity Techniques.
4. Interactive Lectures.
5. Textra Games.
6. Item Processing.
7. Video Vitamins.
.8 Debriefing Games.
9. Card Games.
10. Board Games.
11. Matrix Games.
12. Paper-andPencil Games.
13. Instructional Puzzles.
14. Audio Games.
15. Telephone Games.
16. Game Shows.
17. E-Mail Games.
18. Improv Games.
Part 2. Simulation Games.
21. Introduction to Simulation Games.
22. Action Learning.
23. Reflective Teamwork Activities.
24. The Case Method.
25. Production Simulation.
26. Training Devices.
27. Metaphorical Simulation Games.
28. Interactive Storytelling.
29. Role Playing.
30. Cash Games.
31. PC Simulations.
Glossary of Interactive Strategies.
Basic Books on Interactive Strategies.
Classified List of Books on Interactive Strategies.
The Best Resources on Interactive Strategies.
Websites on Interactive Strategies.
Companion Website on the Book.
About the Author.
How to Use the CD-ROM.
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