Learning Management Systems (LMSs) – powerful software applications that allow you to host, manage and track training programs in an effective manner. The number of companies using LMSs is growing rapidly, and the trend shows no signs of slowing down. LMSs allow you to organize learning content in a single location and enable learners to access these resources in a seamless fashion. This is the major driver for the growth in the demand for these applications.
Today’s LMSs allow you to make the best use of various innovative developments in the L&D world, to drive learner engagement. These learning management platforms are simple to use and enable learners to complete training programs in a hassle-free manner. The developers of these platforms are adapting their products to suit the tastes of the 21st century learner. For instance, many LMSs facilitate the effective delivery of online learning content through smartphones and tablets, keeping in view the growing use of mobile devices. Likewise, most learning management tools facilitate the seamless delivery of gamified web-based learning.
Today’s LMSs, unlike learning management platforms of the yesteryear, provide excellent support to the delivery of gamified eLearning. They can be used to award points to learners, generate badges, display the scores of learners on leaderboards, and so on. Radical developments in the world of learning technology, such as Tin Can API (which is adopted by all major LMS vendors) allow you to track gamified learning activities on any device, even with limited/no Internet connectivity.
How can an LMS help impart gamified online learning of high quality?
You can use your LMS to gamify your online learning initiatives in the following ways.
1. Award certificates to learners who successfully complete courses
It is a well-known fact that creating a sense of achievement goes a long way in motivating learners. There is no reason that this principle can’t be applied to the delivery of online courses through the LMS.
You can use an LMS to award points each time a learner completes the course. You can also award badges and certificates to the learners, who finish courses successfully. One of our clients in the manufacturing sector uses their LMS to assign advanced courses to learners who complete basic level courses. It also displays the scores of top achievers on a leaderboard. More about leaderboards in a moment.
2. Use the LMS to foster a spirit of competition
One of the best ways to motivate your staff members to take up courses is by inculcating a spirit of competition, and your LMS is the ideal tool to kindle the spirit of competition among your employees. Most LMSs provide an option to track the points scored by learners, who have completed a course, and you can collect the scores and display the highest among them on a leaderboard, to learners across the company. This would motivate the staff members to perform well in order to surpass the highest score.
You can also use the scores tracked by your LMS, to provide incentives. One of our clients, a drug-manufacturing giant, uses online courses to train the personnel of its legal department. Staff members are intimated that the learner who tops the leaderboard will be rewarded USD 3500. The company also provides a cash award of USD 2500 and USD 1500 to employees who get the second and third highest scores, respectively. This motivates the employees to do well in the training and win the prizes.
3. Facilitate collaborative game-playing experiences using your LMS
Man is a social animal. Humans love to interact with each other and tend to perform better as a team. Many organizations have realized the ‘social’ aspect of learning and are using the LMS to enable their learners collaborate with each other in an effective manner.
One of our clients, in the laboratory equipment domain, has developed an online product course, for its American sales force. The company has divided the sales force into 51 groups, based on the states in which they operate. Salespeople in each group are ‘pitted’ against their colleagues in other groups. The organization uses its LMS to facilitate effective collaboration among learners in each group and tracks the scores. The group which scores the highest number of points is declared the winner and each member of the winning group is given a badge and a cash incentive.
An LMS goes a long way in enhancing learner engagement levels and improving online course completion rates. Follow the tips mentioned above to use your LMS to unleash the power of gamified eLearning.