No matter how accessible the training courses, employees will not show interest in training, if it is not engaging. Many companies therefore have a hard time getting employees attend the trainings.
If you are facing a similar challenge, looking for ways to make learning more interesting, then gamification is the right deal for you. Gamification enables the use of game theory and mechanics in non-gaming contexts such as training to motivate, reward, and facilitate better engagement.
So does this mean any game can be applied to any training need? Are there any specific games for different trainings? No! There are no such specific games. However, I would like to share about a few gaming styles that you can use as the base when you think of games for your training courses.
Agent Based Games:
This works best when the focus is on learner behavioral change. In agent based games, the learner will takes on the role of a Hero. As per the storyline and gaming instructions, the learner will have to perform tasks and take decisions to accomplish the final goal.
This style helps immerse the learners into a real life situation and present one problem after another, bringing a behavioral change or teaching higher order skills. Agent based games are best for Sales training, Safety training, Process training, Customer service and Soft skills training.
Decision Based Games:
This works best when the focus is on nurturing decision-making capabilities. In this game, learners will have to make a set of decisions to move through the game and attain the goal. So the learner will be given a chance to explore, replay and find out the consequences of choosing different options.
This type of game encourages learners to practice different problem-solving techniques and is effective for leadership training and soft skills development.
Here the learners will be competing against others to accomplish the tasks meeting the predefined criteria. Learners will have to compare their scores against others and work to be on the top of the leaderboard.
This game type is best suited when the objective is to train on working against the clock or meet tough timelines.
This proves useful when the learner is to be trained on experimentation and logic.
Here the learner has to explore the virtual environment and try to solve the mystery or a puzzle. The storyline is the key element when it comes to adventure games because the learner has to be convinced to explore.
This is effective for fostering problem-solving skills and the aspects of Safety, Induction and Compliance. These games also help in identifying people who are effective problem solvers.
The same type of games cannot be applied to all training needs. To be effective, the games must be designed to tap into the learner needs, engage and motivate them. Do share if you wish to add to the list. We would love to hear your experiences.