Gamification: make learning fun!
Do your employees already start yawning when the topic of training comes up? Or do you notice that the content of your e-learning hardly sticks? Then it's time to make your online training a bit more enjoyable and effective. Gamification is the ideal tool for this. We'll outline the possibilities and benefits for you.
What is gamification?
Gamification involves applying playful techniques in non-game contexts. It consists of activities to which game elements have been added to facilitate desirable behavioral changes. Does gamification work for learning processes as well? Yes, certainly! It can contribute to a high learning yield. For instance, game elements such as quizzes, a point system, or competitive elements can be added to training sessions.
The Power of Rewards
What is more motivating than receiving recognition and rewards for your learning achievements? By awarding points during an online training, you directly reward participants for their accomplishments. This visualizes their progress and serves as a motivating factor. Competition is another crucial motivational aspect. In a gamified training, participants compete with themselves and colleagues, or collaborate in teams to compete against other teams. This strengthens team spirit and enhances work relationships.
Turning a Boring Training into an Adventure
There are training sessions that users might find dull in terms of content. By adding an engaging storyline, even learning about all the company guidelines or legal regulations becomes an adventure. For example, create a mission where participants get closer to their end goal with each completed lesson. This suddenly makes challenging material much more attractive.
Gamification Drives Behavioral Change
Rewarding positive behavior through gamification is effective when training employees in soft skills. In these training sessions, employees don't need to memorize information, but the organization aims to stimulate behavioral change. A training program that immediately rewards correct behavior is effective. This increases the likelihood that employees will repeat the behavior in their daily lives without having to consciously think about it.
Gamification Reveals Knowledge Gaps
When playing a game, you can't progress to the next level without completing a challenge (overcoming the enemy). In e-learning gamification, the challenge is the knowledge gap in the respective module. When participants get stuck at a level, it's because they haven't mastered that part yet. However, they can't move on to the next level until they truly understand the content.
Gamification is Serious Business
The quality of your online training is paramount, that goes without saying. Adding game elements doesn't suddenly turn your training into a game. E-learning is serious business, and gamification helps achieve better training results. It makes learning more enjoyable. As a result, training sessions are completed faster and more effectively, and knowledge is retained better and for a longer duration.
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