Gamification of LMS – Part 1

Gamification of LMS

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. – Benjamin Franklin”

Gamification has become a buzz word in the eLearning training domain.According to Adam Penenberg, author of ‘PLAY AT WORK’, Fortune 500 companies are using games to train and engage their employees. The games will enhance the employees to be better trained and focused on their jobs.

Let us understand the concept of Gamification in the learning context.

Gamification is about applying game-based elements or Mechanics to non-game environments like learning and training in order to engage, create fun and interesting experiences to the learners. It assists learners in grasping the knowledge and skills, as they play and apply them in real-world situations where they need to make decisions, when needed.

Wikipedia defines Gamification is the combination of elements like competition, achievements, status, winning and losing strategies to accomplish the desired tasks.

Competition in a learning program is a contest between two or more learners to achieve the given tasks.

Achievement is the goal or a level that is achieved by a learner and rewarded with points or badges and filling of a progress bar.

Status is the position or rank of a learner or group; it describes the learner at the level that he is in, the total score and whether he is qualified or not.

Winning and losing strategy: In every game or in a contest there will be a winner and a loser. The winner may experience a broad range of emotions like satisfaction, confidence, and happiness while the loser may feel depressed, angry, and inadequate and get motivated to go back to the learning program and win.

We can bring in all these elements by incorporating the following applications in online learning programs.

  • Progress bars
  • Rewards
  • Leader boards
  • Scoreboards
  • Level up

We will understand them in detail with the below casestudy.

LinkedIn – A professional network also uses the concept of gamification. Let’s see how LinkedIn adopted this concept.

Profile strength

LinkedIn displays the strength of a profile in the form of a circle. The circle indicates the degree of completeness of the profile. Profiles that are comprehensive will be indicated by fully filled circles. This will motivate other users to furnish the necessary details that would make their profiles complete so that their profiles too are indicated by fully filled circles.

Profile strength


LinkedIn uses graphs to motivate users to regularly contribute to their groups. The profiles of users who regularly contribute to their groups ‘receive more views’. It displays the statistics such as the number of people who viewed such users’ profiles and the number of appearances of these prolific users in a search of the website in the form of graphs.

Other users who see these graphs are motivated by the response received by these users to actively participate and contribute to their groups.


Top contributors Board

LinkedIn also displays the details of the top contributors along with their photographs. The level of their contribution is indicated in the form of a horizontal bar graph. This goes a long way in motivating the users to contribute better to their groups.

Top contributors Board

Similar to how Linkedin has adopted the concept of gamification, organizations can also incorporate this concept into the LMSs to make training effective as well as engaging. In my next blog, we will see how the gamification concept can be incorporated in LMS and what elements can be added to motivate the learner.

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