Bloomingdale’s, an American chain of luxury department stores reported that game-based learning for safety training reduced safety claims by 41% and saved $2.2 million in a year.
Games have always been a source of recreation. Why not games for learning? In game-based learning the learning experience is enhanced by the relevant use of games.
How can game-based learning be an ideal choice for safety training?
Game-based learning helps learners by enhancing learner engagement, improving retention, motivating, and providing constructive feedback. Safety training is training employees on the policies and procedures to safeguard employees at the workplace. Let’s see how safety training can be imparted through game-based learning.
Improves learner engagement
For any training to be effective, learner engagement is necessary. What better way of engaging a learner, than games! Games have the magnetism to attract learners, so game-based learning helps them learn better. Safety measures, when taught through a video or a PPT may not yield the desired outcome, but a game-based learning course can do it in no time.
For example, a game-based scenario is created in a course wherein there is a room with a misplaced ladder leading to slips or falls or exposed wires that may cause electric shocks, and the learner needs to identify and rectify those safety issues. This kind of approach improves learner engagement.
Game-based learning helps employees retain the knowledge earned through training better. According to Sitzmann and Ely’s Meta-Analytic Examination of the Effectiveness of Computer-Based Simulation Games, retention is 9% higher when trained through simulation games. Learning through simulated games makes learning active as simulations allow the learner experience the real world situation in game settings. This way, a learner gets hands-on experience on how to face those situations in the real world. For instance, he’s put through a scenario where he needs to escape from a workplace on fire. In such a situation, he should know which route would bring him out of the fire safely, without injuries.
Motivates the learner
Leaderboards in game-based learning display scores of the employees. Gaining points, prizes, trophies, and badges keep them going. They are motivated to do better the next time. Their peers’ scores are also visible, which encourages them to perform better and builds a healthy competitive atmosphere. For example, a game requires the learner to take a quiz in which he needs to identify the appropriate gear (such as PPE, safety helmet, face masks, gloves, etc.) before entering each type of hazardous area. He’s awarded points for each correct choice he makes.
Provides constructive feedback
Game-based learning offers constructive feedback which keeps learners on track. For instance, if a learner opts not to wear a helmet at a construction site, immediate feedback pops up asking him to wear a helmet and proceed. Constructive and immediate feedback intimates the learner of any wrong measures taken and helps him rectify it quickly.
Game-based learning provides effective safety training that helps employees go with the safety rules and regulations. This is evident from Bloomingdale’s success story. Safety training can be enhanced with game-based learning. Then, why not go for it to train your employees on safety? Just give it a thought. What matters finally is achieving the training goal. Games, being fun, succeed in hitting the target – every time.