Enterprises willing to adopt game-based learning for online training must deal with the cost conundrum of creating game-based learning courses. There is no doubt that creating games requires knowledge, time, and money.
Analyzing the learning objectives, learner characteristics, and delivery options of a course and coming up with a game that will facilitate learning in these conditions will take considerable time. Consequently, this adds to the time and cost of creating a game. The cost of developing a game, combined with the software and hardware required to manage it, brings up the issue of expenses that makes organizations think twice. This blog will explore ways in which enterprises can implement game-based learning within their budgets.
Factors that Affect Cost
- Creativity: Creating a good game involves creativity and design skills. The design and development process involves instructional and narrative design, and the application of design skills, irrespective of the software used.
- Features: Cost increases if you need avatars, soundtracks, and video exclusively for the game. Including multiple levels and players in the game also impacts cost.
- Platform: The platforms you want your online games to run on have an impact on cost. The creation of a game for a desktop and laptop is different from creating a game for mobiles and tablets. This decision can influence your budget and the time required to build the game.
Developing Games On a Budget
If you are not sure about your budget and are taking baby steps in game-based learning, then you can start with some branching scenarios. The choices at each branch should require careful thinking from the player/learner before decides on a course of action. The consequences of his decision should be realistic. A better alternative would be to create a set of outcomes such as good, better, and best, because this will make learners persevere until they reach the highest level. The game can be based in a simple multiple choice format.
You can start with games which are less complicated and do not cost a lot (such as a word puzzle). Based on the response you get from your learners, you can think of developing more complex games for your courses. Whatever the game you decide on, ensure it is scalable and reusable. This will help you repurpose the game for other courses in the future.
There are several gaming templates which can be customized as per your needs. Readymade gaming templates allow SMEs to create games with a variety of question types. Some gaming templates even have specialized software that can create specific templates based on the gaming features one requires. You can buy these game templates and customize them. The cost depends on the complexity level you want included your game.
Authoring tools such as Articulate, iSpring, Adobe Captivate, and Raptivity have applications that can help you create games for your e-learning courses at reduced costs. There is a movement toward developing games with these templates, with the help of someone who knows about curriculum development, instructional design, and can create games specific to the work environment.
We know that game-based learning can greatly enhance online learning courses and appeal to learners of all ages. With concerted efforts, it is possible to create an effective game-based learning course within a reasonable budget. The good news is the cost barriers for game-based learning are falling with every passing year. The development of gaming technologies has made it possible to create rich game-based learning experiences on a wide range of platforms.
The benefits of game-based learning include increased engagement, better assessment scores, and reduced drop-out rates. These positive aspects make it worth the investment. With some careful planning, it is possible to create a game-based learning experience within your budget.