Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Gamified Learning Approach - Adding A Digital Value

Digitization has pushed educators to leverage the benefits of latest learning technologies, enabling workplace learning to take a new shape. Today, it makes  perfect sense to incorporate new technologies at workplace as they make the workforce better at what they do. To make learning more fun, engaging and memorable, gamified learning is widely adopted by different industry domains.

Gamification is the application of game mechanics such as leaderboards, points and achievements to enhance learning experiences. It can have incredible outcomes from high training accomplishments and good grades to improved interaction and knowledge retention.

Core E-Learning Gamification Practices 

Sometimes, online learning is at the center of gamification such as employee onboarding programs or blended with gaming elements such as on-the-job training. Taking e-learning out of the classroom and combining it with day-to-day training activities is a good practice, allowing employees to learn at their own pace. Let us explore how gamification is implemented for a workplace training program:
  • Identify goals
It is significant to set core objectives of the entire e-learning program so that gaming elements are incorporated accordingly.
  • Setting player profile
Organizations need to understand the type of audiences that will access the content. Changing behavioral patterns are defined as per the needs of different learners.
  • Learning integration
Blend online learning platforms with gamified elements to enhance just-in-time learning experience.
  • Simulations
Courses are accessed through simulations to analyze learning efficiency, pace of learning and the overall impact of gamification.
  • Launch the program
Communicate the general rules of the game so that participants play efficiently, earning points and badges on reaching the next level.
  • Analyze
Quizzes, data analytics and team challenges are included to optimize the overall learning experience.

How Can Games be Incorporated with Microlearning 

Microlearning is one of the efficient learning strategies that replaces lengthy classroom sessions. Modern learners prefer accessing quizzes, video nuggets, presentations or games on their personalized mobile devices. Game-based learning improves employee engagement, allowing supervisors to:
  • Analyze the significance of microlearning for workforce training
  • Encourage microlearning through calls to action
  • Improve recognition for bite-sized content
Microlearning serves plethora of benefits for the organizations that include:
  • It is a self-directed learning approach that helps boosting learner motivation. The autonomy of choice improves information retention, as most of the mobile users access micro content at the point of need. 
  • Microlearning can be integrated with sales and knowledge management. It can be implemented through gamification to motivate employees access more courses. 
  • Completion of short nuggets of information is combined with recognition through gamification. Badges and rewards can add a great digital value to microlearning as well. 
  • Another combination of microlearning with games is the use of contextual learning which is empowered by external events. For instance, if an employee’s retention rate is low, they will be asked to access training course that delivers workforce retention capabilities.
So, games are very effective in boosting the level of participation and motivation in e-learning, which results in shaping the knowledge and improving the learning process.

1 comment:

  1. Hi, Good Morning! I Read your article with interest. I am new to AR. I am a medical practitioner having experience in developing E Learning content for doctors and other health professionals. I am also very much into introducing gaming concepts in learning. Can you please throw some light on the basics of AR and teh Gaming concepts.