There is no doubt that the corporate training landscape has changed and game-based learning is finding more takers. And why not? It provides highly-engaging content, immersive learning experiences, and narrative driven storylines that are naturally attractive to learners. Employees are eager to embrace game-based learning while the returns of the training initiative include better retention, improved productivity, and better learning.
Apart from these advantages, game-based learning can actually help you spread out your investment by allowing you to use them for the benefit of a maximum number of employees or use your game for multiple applications. Read on to get more insights on this.
1. Repurpose your game
A game built with scalability and usability in mind can be built and then repurposed for other uses in the organization at a fraction of the cost.
The original information in the game can be replaced with new content, provided the gaming engine is strong. You can use it for a different subject while keeping the basic game intact. This not only improves the shelf life of your game but also provides opportunities for other departments to use the game for their own needs. This will enable different departments to use these games to improve their own learning programs.
For instance, you can use the familiar format of a treasure hunt game in your product training. Sales personnel can be made to identify all the accessories related to the product in the form of a treasure hunt. Similarly, in a safety training course, employees can be asked to spot all the incorrect and dangerous objects in a given location in the format of hunting for treasures.
If you are planning to repurpose your content, keep the following points in mind when creating the games. This will help you in their optimum usage in the future:
The narrative of the game should be based on a story in which learners get involved and experience an emotional response. This emotional connection can result in better retention of information.
Games should present a challenge to learners to appeal to their competitive spirit. They are motivated to win the game or to achieve a better score than others. But this challenge has to be paired with a reward to make it truly work.
The games should allow learners to replay it. This will not only help him to try till he gets it right but also help him reinforce his knowledge.
2. Multiple applications of the game
Better returns from the investment made can be gained if the game can be used for multiple applications. For instance, a game developed for onboarding training that aims at helping the learner know about the company can be used for promoting brand awareness among customers.
Games can also be used as recruitment tools. You can put out a limited version of a learning game you created for your employees to teach potential candidates about your company.
3. Use multiple platforms for development
The inherent nature of game-based learning allows it to be deployed across multiple platforms, without affecting the overall learning experience. This will help you provide your employees the facility to learn on the go which will be appreciated by today’s mobile workforce. Game-based learning can be developed on any platform from desktop to mobile to laptop, this versatility makes it ideal to train today’s employees.
You can leverage on this to train your workforce without investing in classroom training or workshops. Game-based learning can refresh their skills on the go.
The investment made in game-based learning can bring you better returns when you repurpose the content for other training needs. Using the game for various applications and developing it for delivery on multiple platforms are other ways to gain from your investment. With careful planning, you can find ways for getting better ROI while developing games that can be reused at a fraction of the cost. So are you ready to get started with game-based learning in your organization?
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