“It’s play that makes people unafraid to fail and confident to try new things. It’s play that helps us do serious things better because we enjoy them and feel a sense of joy in our achievements.”
Developing a game isn’t easy, let alone a game that teaches. Just as there are different instructional strategies to teach different types of subjects, you need a different game for different types of training. Let us see 4 games that can be used for different types of online training programs.
Puzzles are very interesting, irresistible, and easy to play. Players enjoy a sense of delighted accomplishment after they insert that last piece in the puzzle or successfully solve the last word in a riddle. Puzzles are great for the stimulation of the brain. The good news is that, such puzzles can be used in employee training to make the training program more interesting.
Where/How can puzzles be in online employee training courses?
Puzzles are ideal for senior/experienced employees, who must go through the compulsory compliance training programs, but do not have the time to do so. Also, these employees will mostly be aware of the training content and might not feel the need to go through the training program. Skipping the training course might result in loss of acquiring some important information. So, for such employees, you can develop puzzles of the most important points in the training. Employees can quickly try to solve the puzzle and for the points they do not know the answers, they must be led to a screen that contains the related information.
2. Decision Making Games
Decision Making Games are quite interesting because they put our brains to work. They create situations where you must decide what shall be right for that particular situation. They are effective because, the situations involved are close to real life, enabling learners to relate them to their work.
Where/How can decision making games be in online employee training courses?
For workplace harassment training, Decision Making Games can be ideal. In this game, employees must be given work situations where they are stuck in a hostile environment or unknowingly creating one. Such close to real life situations will help them understand the possible workplace harassment situations and deal with them better in real life.
These games can also be used very well for leadership training. They give employees an opportunity to be a leader and make critical decisions and lead a virtual team, without the fear of failure. With such a game, employees see the consequences of the decisions that can impact their work.
3. GPS-Based Games
GPS-Based Games are a new form of treasure hunt games, but do not always include treasure. The recently launched Pokémon GO is an example of GPS-based games. It is an increasingly popular genre in mobile games. The player needs to be connected to the GPS, navigate in the real world to navigate through the game, and collect the needed elements. The map in the game is a virtual map of your surroundings.
Where/How can GPS-based games be in online employee training courses?
GPS-Based Games can be ideal for new hire orientation. You can create a map of your premises and let learners walk across different departments in real and learn about them by exploring in the game.
4. Simulation-Based Games
Simulation-Based Games are very engaging as they create a world which is completely under the player’s control, such as The Sims. The game offers a simulated environment of your surroundings and lets you control the situations in it by making decisions and performing tasks.
Where/How can simulation-based games be in online employee training courses?
A Simulation-Based Game can be used very well for product training. You can create a 3D model of the product you want your sales and service employees to learn. You can first show how the product is handled and serviced, with the help of the 3D model. Later, you must allow them to try it on their own on the same 3D model. This eliminates the fear of failure for employees and the fear of loss for the employer.
These 4 games can be effectively used in different types of online employee training programs and make learning experience more interesting, engaging, and interactive. Can you think of any other training methods in which we can add these games? Do let us know in the comments section below.