Posted by Kam Amilthan | Posted in eLearning | Posted on 20-05-2013-05-2008
‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’ – is very relevant adage for today’s workers and learners. There is so much to learn! And so little time! The current workforce includes Gen Y that has grown on video and digital games. So what better way to marry fun and work!
Gaming techniques are increasingly used in most learning and training situations. Objectivity, goal-focus, competition, rewards and trophies, visible indicators of success are some of the elements that make one addicted to games. eLearning in the corporate set-up is being leveraged by incorporating these gaming techniques to get employees to enjoy the process and strive to succeed.
First coined in 2002, gamification of eLearning has gained much popularity since 2010. Some of the most widely used gaming techniques corporates are integrating in employee training programs –
- Badges and leaderboards– Rewarding with virtual badges that can be earned on completion of a course. Points and badges earned are displayed on the leaderboard – may be tied to performance and promotion.
- Information Cascade– A more ‘on-the-job’ training method – as trainees cross each stage/step/level of the process, further information is provided as against giving all the information at one go.
- Role play – Employee groups are assigned roles to develop and execute a strategy to solve a challenge
- Simulation- of a business situation– Most widely used in sales training, simulations show how to handle customer objections
- Discovery– used to hone subjective skills by exploring, looking around.
- Countdown–time limits to do or achieve something.
- Epic meaning – a grand challenge – like regional teams competing to devise strategies to achieve a huge sales target.
- Progression – moving forward in stages or levels
- Bonuses – rewards learners for achieving certain difficult tasks
- Quest – clues are given to trainees to solve puzzles and make right decisions
Final Thought – Make eLearning Interesting through Gamification
Gaming techniques have been used in training programs for several years. As eLearning is now preferred as a more cost-effective option in employee training, applications are being specially designed to integrate gaming into the business systems. So while some large corporates across industries like Delloite, Coca-cola are gamifying their eLearning / e-training processes, it’s high time for other companies to follow suit.
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