Who said employee training can’t be fun? When it comes to teaching a new skill or behavior, it doesn’t have to be boring, especially when we include gamification elements. Gamification is the incorporation of game-like features into a non-gaming activity. At CoreAxis, we utilize gamification when creating cutting-edge employee training. Studies have proven that gamification works: not because it makes tedious activities fun, but because gamification increases both employee engagement and knowledge retention. At the heart of gamified learning is the philosophy that interactive learning is effective learning.
Gamification has proven to be one of the most intuitive innovations in learning today. In fact, gamification is an industry by itself–a multi-billion-dollar industry at that! Gamification has combined forces with major players in the employee training industry to revolutionize the latter’s learning programs, especially in areas like continuing education and skill development. But why is gamification so popular? Why do people respond so positively when employee training programs incorporate game elements to their virtual learning materials? Because of the following three key aspects.
1. Engaging Mechanics.
Think about all the elements that make video or mobile games so addictive. In many classic video games like Super Mario, Pac-Man, and Tetris, gameplay revolved around attaining certain goals: earning points by acquiring certain items or solving meta-puzzles. Soon video games allowed players to level up or obtain badges after reaching certain goals. Even players with less hand-eye coordination got a chance to shine with the introduction of trivia games that encouraged players to test their knowledge. All of these have a place in the creation and usage of a training module. Games reward behavior in a satisfying way. Whether your goal is for your employees to master a new skill or to understand new industry regulations, the mechanics of games can help your team stay engrossed in the learning experience. If your employees enjoy their training, they will be more inclined to stick with the training, complete the course, and retain the knowledge they earned. Gamification methods have proven particularly well-suited for Millennial employees who, statistically speaking, are likelier to enjoy video games in their off-hours than any other demographic.
Many games have public leaderboards, where players can track rankings to see who is doing the best and who is falling behind. Of course, this specific construct doesn’t exactly gel with the non-competitive, “learn as you go” format that is recommended for your eLearning module. (In fact, a leaderboard might add an air of competition to any office, even those boasting of a laid-back company culture.) However, gamification adapts this principal of clear rankings to employee training by allowing the moderators (and whoever else has been given permission) to monitor the progress of enrolled employees. HR managers and leaders can use this internal data to better understand which employees are mastering the concepts, and which employees require further training. These mechanics also help managers better enforce deadlines. A manager can require that all participants to complete Level 3 or to pass Section V’s quiz, then track which employees have done so by noting them as they appear in the rankings. This ability to monitor learners provides leaders and managers with a better grasp on their team’s progress and proficiency.
No conversation about gamification is complete without exploring the psychology behind microlearning. This methodology has changed the way we create eLearning training courses, to everyone’s benefit! Microlearning breaks up a large concept into smaller pieces, then teaching each piece. Studies show that microlearning methods increase a learner’s knowledge retention by at least 50 percent. Microlearning can adapt into many forms, ranging from PDFs to infographics to games. That’s right, by utilizing gamification, you are adopting the microlearning mentality! Gamification takes a large concept that would be difficult for learners to grasp in one shot, and breaks the concept into smaller chunks (components, aspects, what have you), finally formatting the information as engaging pieces of content. Gamification takes microlearning one step further by turning the material into an enjoyable activity and motivating leaners!
Gamification utilizes cutting-edge technology and design to make training more engaging and entertaining for learners. While it might seem impossible, learners genuinely enjoy training when it includes principals of gamification. As you can see above, gamification utilizes human psychology to motivate the learner as it engages her with entertainment.
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