Learn to gamify your training.

Discover the step-by-step process to building a gamified training course, fast.

Engage learners and reach learning objectives by using effective game mechanics, not gimmicks.

Does this sound familiar?

“I’d love to gamify my training, but…”

  • I wouldn’t know where to start.
  • Who has that kind of budget?
  • It requires technical geniuses, artistic wizards, or both.
  • I’m always on tight deadlines.
  • I want to use my existing tools, not learn a whole new suite.
  • I’m not creative.
  • The learning curve is too steep.
  • It’s complicated.

If this sounds familiar, don’t worry, you’re not alone. We’ve all felt a little overwhelmed when seeing some gamified training demos. The truth is that gamification is highly accessible, no matter what tools you use or what your skill level is.

Fundamentals of Gamification

A course for instructional designers, training professionals and educators.

Step by step process

Rewards systems, skill building, interface design, psychology of motivation, replayability… where do we start? At step one, that’s where.
The course will take you through the entire process from content mapping to the finishing, polishing touches on presentation.

Beyond badges

This course will fill your design toolbox with tried-and-true motivational mechanics that are proven to be effective. And you’ll learn exactly when to use each one for optimal results in any training situation.
That means no more guesswork – you’ll design with confidence.


Game mechanics must serve your course’s learning objectives, not the other way around. Results are the name of the game.
Focus on methods and techniques that smooth the learner’s journey toward acquiring knowledge and building skill, not gimmicky mechanics.

Any course, any tool

No special tools needed! Whether you’re making e-learning or instructor-led training in a classroom, you can apply these design techniques to motivate your learners and make your training unforgettable.

Ninja tricks

Pick the best game mechanics for your needs. Learn to identify and quickly fix dips in learner motivation or understanding.

Straight to the point

Your time is valuable, so this course aims to get you to creating gamified training programs, FAST. It focuses on actionable techniques and step-by-step processes to quickly get you designing.

You will be able to:

  • Pique learner curiosity about your content;

  • Leverage game mechanics to maximize retention of information;

  • Design an effective reward system that optimizes skillbuilding;

  • Confidently pick the best game mechanics for your audience and content;

  • Engage all personality types;

  • Apply the right tool to fix spikes in difficulty or dips in learner motivation;

  • Avoid mechanics that feel gimmicky;

  • Minimize rework and waste by applying the most effective production practices.

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You’ve got this.

You too can gamify your training. Here’s why.

Gamification is really about organizing the information and challenges to engage the learner, make them pay more attention and persevere so that they remember more information and master skills faster.
Game mechanics don’t depend on any specific tools: You can apply them to your courses, whether you are making ILT or e-learning, whether you’re using Storyline, Captivate, PowerPoint, pen and paper, or rocks and bits of string. Your courses can leverage the power of game mechanics no matter what tools you’re using.
A little goes a long way: Game mechanics certainly don’t require fancy graphics, massive budgets or endless development cycles. Once you know how to think in game mechanics, you’ll be able to apply them instantly to your training designs.

The nitty gritty


The step-by-step course materials are shared as video content, with accompanying worksheets, exercises and checklists.


This is not a general gamification course; it is aimed specifically at using gamification in training programs to facilitate the attainment of learning objectives. As such, it is designed for instructional designers, teachers and trainers.


The techniques shown in this course work with any tool you use to build your course, from pen and paper or Powerpoint for classroom games to gamified e-learning programs made with Storyline, Captivate or any other authoring tool.


Fundamentals of Gamification includes approximately 3 hours of instruction. You’ll be able to design a gamified training program in less than half a day!

Course schedule

As soon as you enroll, you’ll get instant access to the online course, including all videos, worksheets and exercises. You’ll be free to journey through them at your own pace. So join us anytime!


The principles taught in this course apply to any form of knowledge transfer. Whether you are a classroom educator or an e-learning developer, you’ll be able to leverage the power of gamification in your own courses.

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Up your training game. Design with confidence.

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Hi, I’m Marie-Jo.

I’m known for my curiosity, no-nonsense attitude and passion for trivia (and dogs!).
After 10 years as a corporate trainer, I jumped into the wild world of games. As a producer working with Marvel, Disney, Sega and Ubisoft, I saw first hand how effortlessly games help players build skills, and give them memorable moments they talk about for years.
The trainer in me thought: Be memorable? Build skill? This is what training should do!
So after 10 years as a trainer and 10 more as a game maker, it was time to merge the two, and so 42 Comets was born. We have made gamified training programs in the fields of medical education, manufacturing, HR, transportation, and so on.
Throughout this journey, I have taught college-level game design and for the past 7 years I’ve been showing instructional designers how to gamify their courses. And I’ve learned something from every person I’ve taught.
Now, for the first time, Fundamentals of Gamification is available online. I can’t wait to see what you build!
Thanks for joining. Let’s do this!

Marie-Jo Leroux

Marie-Jo knows how to captivate people and her knowledge of how the brain works relative to gaming and behaviour is incredible. If anyone can offer you a new game changer (sorry bad pun) in the field of learning it's her.

E. VanderveldtStorefront Media

Fundamentals of Gamification: Course content

Gamification fundamentals

  • Goal of gamification
  • Mechanisms of action: how different game mechanics boost learning

Anatomy of a game

  • Fundamental ingredients of games, from tic-tac-toe to tennis to Super Mario.
  • Underlying structure of games as it relates to training.

Transforming your content into a game

The step-by-step process of transforming your content into a training game:

  • Analyzing your content to reveal the underlying game
  • Designing the basic gameplay loop
  • Teaching and challenge mechanics
  • Building a level template
  • Range of outcomes
  • The win condition
  • Setting and maintaining challenge
  • Fostering player autonomy and building mastery

Motivational mechanics

Filling your design toolbox with motivational mechanics, and learning when to use them for optimal effect.

  • Intrinsic motivation vs Rewards
  • Content gating
  • Points
  • Powerup types
  • Collections
  • Effective badge systems
  • Minigames and sidequests
  • Shaping behavior through a motivational system
  • Setting up a rewards system
  • Reward distribution


Methods to help the user understand their goals and progress, and feel clever doing it.

  • Signs and feedback
  • Interface
  • Tutorials
  • Controls
  • Theme and player fantasy

Open structures

More game types to best match your content and give the player an intuitive understanding of its underlying logic.

Social mechanics

  • Multiplayer game types
  • Bonuses and maluses
  • Leaderboards and competition
  • Cooperation and other forms of connectedness

Coming November 2021

Fundamentals of Gamification

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Live workshops

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Live workshops range from the half-day Fundamentals to a 2-day Masterclass in gamification of training for your team.

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Coming soon

Gamification Masterclass

Launching in 2022

Explore every aspect of gamification of training with the Gamification Masterclass. It includes everything in the Fundamentals course, plus puzzle building, training game production, prototyping and advanced topics.

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