Though online learning methods offset the disadvantages of traditional learning, their success largely depends on the ability to engage learners. Engaging learners can result in better knowledge retention and application. Converting your subject matter in a fully functioning playable game is a highly effective method of making the course interactive. But, doing this may not always be possible as game development can cause a significant dent in your budget. Also incorporating your subject matter into a game requires careful thinking, planning, and execution, which is not just costly but time consuming too. Instead, you can achieve similar levels of interactivity, at a fraction of the cost, using gamification techniques.
Each generation of workers has its strengths but the generation that is currently ruling the roost in organizations across the globe is the millennials. You have given your new millennial employees a warm welcome, you have also shown them the coolest coffee shops around office. Now it’s time to get them acquainted with the company’s culture, its policies, and procedures. Make the millennials sit in a classroom listening to someone drone on what’s expected from them on the job, and you are sure to find yourself with a grumpy workforce.
Games and learning have been intermingled since old. Gamification is using a game-based approach to increase participation in non-gaming environments that include learning and training. This improves users’ motivation and engagement in the given activity. Given the benefits, the e-learning community has adopted gamification for corporate training. Now, you can’t say online learning is just a slide-turning and quiz-taking activity. As a training manager, you can bring the gravely needed liveliness to your online learning, through gamification.
What comes to your mind first, when you hear the word ‘gamification’?
Rewards? Game mechanics? Just fun? Rules?
Gamification is not just about rewards, fun, or rules.
Organizations in today’s corporate space are challenged to increase engagement with employees and improve performance; gamification is emerging as a suitable solution for this. However, using gamification merely as a gimmick will take your training nowhere. The road to a successful, gamified e-learning starts with determining whether it’s the right choice for you. If it’s up your alley, follow this simple checklist shared in the infographic.
Gamification – an online training paradigm that has captured the imagination of the corporate training world. Over the last few years, the number of companies using gamified e-learning solutions has increased at a feverish pace, and there are no indications that this trend will slow down.
A number of organizations all over the world use gamification to train and educate their workforce and help them solve problems. According to MarketsandMarkets, the gamification market is expected to reach USD 11.10 Billion by 2020, at a CAGR of 46.3%. However, despite the widespread popularity, there’s still a certain population of people trapped in a trough of disillusionment, unsure of what gamification is, and what it isn’t.
Many managers wrongly believe induction training is a waste of valuable time. But in reality,this is a critical process when you hire new employees. Induction training (or new-hire orientation) creates a roadmap that makes sure new employees have very positive first experiences and get an objective view of the company.
Mention the word ‘gamification’ and it evokes different reactions from the different people inhabiting the e-learning universe. For L&D professionals, it might be the trend they want to catch up with in their training; for instructional designers, it is a question of how and where to put it in the course; for the management, it is the ROI for the inputs – monetary and otherwise – that go into adding this element in the course. And for the learners, reactions might be either a ‘Bring it on!’ or an ‘Oh no! Not again.’
Gamification has caught the world’s attention and proven to be an excellent learning approach with viable results. Gamification helps capture learners’ attention to teach problem solving/ decision-making skills to mention a few. Each day is witnessing an increase in gamified learning in various corporate sectors. One area where gamification is very effective is corporate sales training. So can we use gamification for sales onboarding training?