Gamification is rapidly gaining traction in the learning industry as an effective way to increase knowledge retention and drive behavior change. If you are looking to increase the impact of your training programs and effectively drive behavior change, consider testing gamification based on the benefits outlined below.
1. Increases the Impact of Training
When it comes to traditional instructor-led training sessions and workshops, it can be difficult for participants to translate content for on-the-job application.
It is also challenging for them to contextualize how the training will fit into or impact their day-to-day duties after the program ends. Serious gaming with role plays consisting a well thought structure and storyline can help the participant to practice his or her personal goals.
Gamification reinforces traditional training programs and eLearning courses by giving participants the opportunity to apply principles to real-life challenges and scenarios through a safe learning experience. By doing these activities, learners are able to develop and implement new skills, apply what they learned in training, and begin to change behaviors.
It's no secret, but sense of achievement and consistent (ideally immediate) feedback is crucial for training to have a long-term impact on participants.
Gamification not only encourages participants to remain engaged with training content by making it interactive and fun, but also by providing instantaneous feedback to reinforce knowledge and contextualize training objectives.
Leaderboars play a role as well. Leaderboards inspire people with friendly competition and provide a constant ranking, compared with peers or personal best score. Based on the culture of your organization and your audience you can select the way you like to use leaderboard.
A leaderboard is much more than the score for jumping frogs or fun games. Look for a leaderboard that is based on all the learner's activities to help create and prove training impact.
3. Learning Environment Can Adapt & Evolve to Needs
Whether you are training participants for new employee onboarding, technical skills, sales, communication or leadership, gamification is a versatile mobile and eLearning environment that will encourage engagement and drive results.
Of course, there is a science to reinforcing training -- especially when it comes to the integration of learning games -- if you want to effectively drive behavior change. Your approach to gamification has to be strategic and backed by methodology if you want the program to be mutually beneficial for your learners and the organization as a whole.
However, one of the largest benefits that gamification offers for training reinforcement is the fact that the learning experience is malleable and can be easily adapted to different training needs and learning styles.
If you are seriously considering adding gamification to your reinforcement strategy, be sure to do your research and find the best learning technology and reinforcement methodology for your organization's unique needs and objectives.
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