The end of an era

Hi Everyone,

If you are a follower of our blog or just an occasional passer-by you may have noticed we’ve not been posting very much lately. Well there’s a good reason for that… in October 2012 PIXELearning became a victim of the recession and our offices closed for business.

Fortunately the team weren’t quite prepared to pack up and go home and agreed to join forces once more to launch a new venture. Totem Learning, or Team Totem as we like to call ourselves, opened for business on 1st November 2012.  Our vision puts learners at the centre of a blended, joined-up, just in time and dynamic ecosystem. We’re still making serious games but we’re much more focused on using the right tools, at the right time, for the right user, ensuring our solutions meet the needs of the learners when it matters most!

If you would like to check out what we’re doing now please come along to and join up to our new community where we’ll be sharing and posting just like before but with a slightly wider remit including social learning, mlearning and elearning.

Hope to you see you all there!





I can haz badge now?

Ready for the big news…? I’m officially qualified in Gamification, I’ve done the course! But wait I don’t have a badge…. does that still count? Do my achievements in life mean anything without a collection of pixels displayed in a visually appealing way?

OK, on a serious note, yes I did the recent Gamification course on Coursera with about a million billion other people from across our tiny planet, but now it’s over I wanted to take some time to reflect on the experience.

Overall I Read more of this post

50 sheep, lots of caffeine and the number 68; some fun facts about PIXELearning!

What do 50 sheep, lots of caffeine and the number 68 have in common? Take a look at the infographic about PIXEL and find out!

Some fun facts about PIXELearning.

Pick n’ Mix Learning

I’ve always said that games are not the silver bullet, they are not the solution to all your training needs, however they are an important piece of the puzzle. This ‘sweet’ little infographic from team PIXEL highlights how games are just part of the overall training ecosystem.

Why are games good for learning?

Ever wondered what all the fuss is about around serious games? Take a look at the infographic below for an overview of why games are good for learning.

The Gaming Landscape

A critical component of my job is to be able to see my designs from another person’s point of view; someone who doesn’t play games and who doesn’t necessarily understand the rules and expected behaviours of games. It’s important I don’t fall into the trap of believing everyone see’s the world as I do. It’s also part of my job to explain games to non gamers and therefore promote the benefits of serious games. Often the first level of challenge I come across is a belief that a game is a game. Of course those of us in the industry know there are many genres of games, each with its own Read more of this post

Vive la Revolution! Quitting Sitting is on a role!

Vive la Revolution!

Vicky has joined the Sitting Quitting campaign and made herself a standing desk too!

Bar stools seem to be next on the agenda as the old legs aren’t used to this much standing, it would be nice to take the weight off every now and again.

More updates to come soon!