Research has shown that when learners enjoy learning, they remember it. They are more receptive to new ideas and become more welcoming and collaborative. Gamification is the best way to achieve this response. By employing the principles and key elements of gaming, training becomes immersive, impressive, and impactful. On a broader scale, Gamification can help solve tough workplace challenges like employee engagement, performance management, driving productivity and efficiency, and talent retention.
For learners, Gamification helps enhance performance, productivity, and increases motivation to learn and level up. For L&D teams, a personalized, learner-centric experience helps tie learning objectives to gamified journeys that help measure the impact through KPIs. It drives employee engagement by making learning appealing to core learner values and makes learners feel appreciated and challenged.
Gamified learning is human-focused and helps design learning experiences that prioritize human motivation over purely technical efficiency.
Bersin & Associates states “Gaming is the new killer app.” With the maturing of Gamification and its widespread implementation in our lives and businesses, we have also consolidated our Gamification solutions, which leverage and integrate existing approaches.
From simple points or badges and leaderboards, you have more complex narratives, characters, and plots that engage and challenge the learners.
Leverage existing approaches like Apps for Learning or Microlearning to offer personalized and more challenging learning experiences.
Integration of immersive strategies like VR with Gamification concepts can be used to multiply the impact.
AR and games are a perfect pair. Many people were introduced to AR through gaming apps. Instead of fictional characters, employees can interact with customers and objects they typically find in the workplace.
Use a rich blend of 3D virtual environments, VR videos, Social Learning elements, Personalization, Microlearning, and so on to create a complete gamified learning experience.
Here are 4 techniques we use that makes implementing Gamification more effective by encouraging and motivating learners to engage with learning content more actively:
1. Pre-packaging versus personalization:
Customizing gaming paths based on learner preferences and choices.
2. Knitted stories versus disjointed episodes:
Creating episodic experiences instead of single-event, one-off games.
3. Team versus individual gaming:
Promoting effective learning happens through peer-to- peer interaction.
4. Winning and losing isn’t everything:
Designing games with multiple attempts to “get it right” (that is, learning).
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