Building the LearnCoin Game with Myra Roldan

Myra Roldan joined #IDIODC this week to share her experience designing a game about blockchain.
December 8, 2021
4 Minutes
Myra Roldan joined #IDIODC this week to share her experience designing a game about blockchain.

Games are great tools for learning. And just so we're clear, designing games for learning is very different from gamification. Learning is a large part of all games, but building a game with the specific intent of teaching a specific concept, idea or process, is not easy.

In this episode, Myra Roldan joined us to talk about her recent game design experience. She created a game to teach about the basics of blockchain. And if you're asking yourself what the heck is blockchain, then this episode, and the game, are for you.

The game is temporarily titled: LearnCoin (for now).

She created a blockchain game with the objective of teaching L&D and others how blockchain works. To build knowledge of the inner working so that teams and individuals can be thinking of potential use cases and applications in learning. At the time of this episode she had just started “play-testing” the game, and it will evolve as she play tests with people in industry.

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About Myra Roldan

Myra is a talented technologist, a TEDx speaker, author, and an international public speaker. She is widely regarded as an important source of information about new and emerging technologies. She brings in a unique mix of technical, business, as well as, learning experience innovation in the field of adult education and competency development.

While she is well-respected for her innovative thinking and superior leadership abilities, Myra champions change within higher education as a digital transformation leader at Amazon Web Services (AWS) organizing around technical skill competencies to expand a global standard and foster diversity and inclusiveness, devising techniques for various types of academic programs at scale globally, and managing projects around the world's largest educational network, driving success for learners and educators while creating a skilled and dynamic technical talent pipeline.

Over the course of her 10 years as a public speaker, Myra has gone on record to present talks on curation, augmented and virtual reality, voice, AI, and design, but more recently, she has focused on the two relatively new topics, artificial intelligence/machine learning, and design thinking. Some of her other abilities include the natural ability to distill concepts into ones that are more easily handled, along with making concepts and issues simpler by breaking them down into their individual parts.

Myra has a bachelor of science in Information Technology, a master of education, and an MBA. She is deeply invested in advancing and improving the well-being of communities that have traditionally been denied a seat at the table, helping individuals and raising the expectations of their own potential. She is the mother of three talented young women and tries her hardest to set a good example for them always by living with intention, empathy, and compassion.


Instructional Designers in Offices Drinking Coffee (affectionately known as IDIODC) is a weekly live videocast and podcast that helps instructional designers with pain points and provides best practices and industry insight.  

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