Does Game-based Learning Gel With Compliance Training?

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Does Game-based Learning Gel With Compliance Training?

Let’s hear the dialogue between Mike and John, employees of a corporate giant. Their point of conversation is the communication they received from HR regarding compliance training they need to attend in the coming week.

Mike: Heard about the dud?

John: Yeah!

Mike: How to thud the dud?

John: God knows!

What makes compliance training such a dud? Compliance training is training imparted to the employees on the laws, rules, regulations and company policies, which are applicable to their daily job tasks. But employees are least interested in this training as they find it dull and boring. How to generate curiosity that will keep them engrossed all through the training? Why can’t game-based learning be adopted to train your workforce on Compliance?

Why Game-based learning?

If we turn the leaves of history and glance through the companionship of games and learning, it’s evident that games can indeed help plant a concept in the learners’ minds with much less effort than any other form of learning. Hence game-based courses designed for employee training prove to be effective, especially when they need to be trained on dry topics such as compliance.

How can Compliance Training be made appealing by incorporating games? 

Compliance training,when clubbed with game-based learning, makes it an engaging activity that leaves the learners asking for more.Let’s see how game-based learning can transform your workforce’s perception of compliance training.

  • Challenging and Rewarding: Inculcating games into compliance courses makes them challenging and rewarding.These courses allow learners participate in a game that’s related to their job scenario. At every level, they get to encounter some challenges, on overcoming which they receive rewards such as caps and badges. Secret bonuses also motivate workforce to complete the training.
  • Provide practical experience: Game-based training positions the learner in the game in a way that relates to his real life experiences. They permit him to know the consequences in case anything goes wrong and that feedback teaches him a great lesson.I’m sure, after getting hands on experience on the consequences, the learner won’t repeat them. Hence his knowledge retention is almost high as he has been through it practically.
  • Provide effective feedback: Learners can seek performance support while accomplishing the task they are asked to handle in a game form. At every level they get clues that enable them to figure out where exactly they are heading.Apart from that, they also receive effective feedback which helps them retain the acquired knowledge for long. Constant feedback assists in concluding the course without any hiccups.

As per Sitzmann’s meta-analysis,learners learn more from actively engaging games rather than passively conveying instructional material. Hence games incorporated in compliance training are definitely an option to be tried out. They engage learners in a way that they forget what they are being trained on. Hope many Johns and Mikes would be saved from the dud they assume compliance training to be.

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