Gamification is the process of applying game-based elements and techniques in a non-game context. The aim of gamification is to engage learners and motivate them. It helps learners retain maximum information.
Games are everywhere. But remember, under this specific context, they are meant to be used for training and not to confuse or overwhelm learners with aspects such as complex gameplay mechanics or lengthy playtime. Therefore, it is necessary to ensure that your game elements follow certain guidelines, and thus, an infographic is shared below that highlights a few do’s and don’ts for the successful implementation of gamification within your training modules.
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5 Do’s and Don’ts of Gamification
4 Advantages of Incorporating Gamification
1. Makes Training Fun and Competitive
Gamification directly incorporates various game elements and therefore, it makes training fun and exciting for the employees. Some of the major elements include badges, levels, points, and leaderboards. When these elements are leveraged properly and effectively, it adds up to the engagement of the training modules and makes training competitive as well, but in a healthy manner.
2. Enhances the Impact of eLearning Assessments
Gamifying eLearning assessments is another crucial activity that shouldn’t be ignored. Assessments are supposed to form a clear picture of how much a learner is grasping through the training sessions, and gamifying them can make these assessments interactive and engaging, eventually enhancing their overall quality. Check out the insightful video below to explore a few amazing strategies for eLearning assessments.
3. Boosts Knowledge Retention
An individual usually remembers something more clearly if he/she enjoyed doing that in the past, and as we have already discussed that gamification makes training fun and enjoyable, it eventually boosts knowledge retention for the learners as well. Also, if you know that you would get a reward or acknowledgment of some sort when you are done with your training, your performance is automatically enhanced. This versatility makes gamification one of the most complete instructional design strategies to design training modules for the modern generation.
4. Blends Effectively with Other Immersive Training Methods
Gamification can easily blend with other immersive learning techniques such as scenario-based learning, simulations, and storytelling. You can also gamify traditional classroom training sessions, or provide training directly through games in the form of game-based learning as well. Because of this, gamification can be used in various creative ways to design blended learning modules for corporate training.
Gamification is one of the most crucial instructional design strategies to design top-quality training modules for the modern workforce. Now, it’s just one of the many strategies developers have in their arsenal. Check out this amazing eBook to explore other equally effective instructional design strategies and learn about them in detail.
Editor’s note: This post was originally published in May 2016 and has been updated for comprehensiveness.