Books on Games, Virtual Worlds, Simulations, Cognitive Studies, and Performance Improvement

In the cue-

Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World by Jane McGonigal


Neuromancer by William Gibson; an old science fiction/cyberpunk book, but where much of the thinking on VR/VWs got started. I guess Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson would come next.


The Gamification of Learning and Instruction: Game-based Methods and Strategies for Training and Education by Karl Kapp

Fun Inc.: Why Gaming Will Dominate the Twenty-First Century by Tom Chatfield

Infinite Reality by Jim Blascovich and Jeremy Bailenson
Note: great book. Well worth the read. Will post a blog once I digest my thoughts on this.

Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School by John Medina

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande

Learning in 3D: Adding a New Dimension to Enterprise Learning and Collaboration (Essential Knowledge Resource (Pfeiffer)) by Karl Kapp and Tony O’Driscoll

Learning Online with Games, Simulations, and Virtual Worlds: Strategies for Online Instruction (Jossey-Bass Guides to Online Teaching and Learning) by Clark Aldrich

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Never Imagined

It was not our imagination. It actually happened.   Yes, a year ago at this time Hurricane Sandy hit the NY/NJ region and left in its wake damaged homes and buildings, displaced families and businesses, and major disruption to business as usual. This year children will go out trick or treating and (hopefully) stop thinking […]

Hurricane Sandy-Part 1

I can only say that I am stunned. For all of the scenario building, simulations, and story-line based training that we have developed at CUNY SPS for NYC OEM, I am still a little overwhelmed at seeing the devastation. I know what it looked like from past hurricane events, but it is truly surreal for me seeing how widespread and damaging the flooding has been, and will continue to have an impact on our area. I am well informed on the plans and efforts for clean-up and recovery. That work begins soon.

World of War Craft Better Than Business School

Watch this video, a compelling idea on why the social and management skills gained through World of Warcraft (a massively multi-player organized role play game or MMPORG) can be a better model for learning business management. Guilds are self organizing teams, and leading a guild has its corollary in the real world. Make a compelling […]

3D Learning Developments

Listen to my colleague Anders Grondstedt talk about 3D learning, gamification, and story telling for learning.  

This year I managed to set aside time, travel inworld (in Second Life- all of a few inches fro my desk) and attend the first half of the Federal Consortium for Virtual World 2012 Conference held physically in at National Defense University in Washington, DC. In 2010 I attended virtually, and in 2011 not only […]

Get Ready for the Storm-Part IV

The Hurricane Irene simulation continues…. ————————————————————————————————————————————————- Alert issued 10/6/11 at 8:00 AM. Mayor Bloomberg has ordered a MANDATORY EVACUATION of Zone A citywide and the Rockaway Peninsula. All or part of your zip code is under an evacuation order. Please refer to OEM’s Hurricane Evacuation Zone Finder at  You may also contact 311 to find […]

Get Ready for the Storm-Part III

The Hurricane Irene simulation continues…. You watch the following Newscast. Hurricane Irene appears to be bearing down on NYC.  You and some of your staff assigned to the Coastal Storm Plan receive a second notification that you will be deployed in the next 48 hours to an Evacuation Center. How do you prepare yourself and […]

The Hurricane Irene simulation continues…. This past Sunday you receive a call from your elderly mother (87 years old) who lives in Far Rockaway- see -She normally has a home healthcare aid who checks in on her 3 times a week, but otherwise she is somewhat self sufficient. She is worried about the coming storm, […]

Get Ready for the Storm-Part I

Join this serious game, a.k.a., simulation, as we put you in the role of emergency responder. Anders Gronstedt and I will be conducting a live demonstration of NYC’s Hurricane Shelter Simulation course in-person at the North American Simulations and Gaming Association this Thursday, October 6 at 10:30AM. Simulation begins below….. ——————————————————————————————————————— Hurricane Irene is due […]


A documentary is coming out called Connected, about the degree to which we are connected through technology, its impact on our lives, and the degree it has changed human relationships. Check the trailer out Can’t wait to see it. Now this conjures up an extremely relevant issue for training (corporate, mandatory, etc.) and education as […]

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