Reasons Which Make Game-based Learning An Optimal Choice For Your Workforce Developmentby Anubha Goel Senior executive
The incorporation of games into non-gaming processes is a powerful strategy to engage and encourage a diverse group of learners. Game-based learning strategy aids the learner to learn and apply skills as they play the game and compete with the peers. The new-age workforce is not only able to learn new concepts and skills, but also practice them as a part of the game. Gamified e-learning has the potential to address one of the major challenges of online learning: that employees do not finish their training because they don’t find it engaging enough. Therefore, gamification in e-learning acts as an essential tool in modern learning environments.
Undoubtedly, games represent motivation through scoring, rewards, team work and active participation of all employees. The blend of these benefits, helps to boost skills and impact the overall organizational productivity. A few reasons why game-based learning is considered as an effective strategy for workplace development are discussed follows:
- Optimal learner engagement
In comparison to ‘read the text’ or ‘click on next’ approach, learners engage more through well-structured gamified learning approach. Learners spend majority of their time learning through games with an aim to score better than the other teams. Therefore, the concept of games and the motivation to compete with others, serve as a compelling reason to engage learners with online courses.
- Relevancy in boosting skills
A significant component in valuing an e-learning program depends upon how effective it is in boosting the learners’ skills. It is difficult for individuals to assess their skill acquisition. So, instead of probing into a conventional dissertation to measure skills, same courses are provided in a game format, so that learners could spend a majority of their time applying and practicing those skills. This will lead to improved competence in their skills and boosted confidence in using those skills on the job.
- The ‘buzz’
Game-based learning creates a positive buzz all around because of the fun element introduced with learning. When learners play the game in groups or teams, it improves the level of interaction and collaboration among the employees within the organization.
- Higher proficiency retention
Through gamification, learners not only acquire new skills, but also apply them in real-life scenarios at the workplace. This drives the competitive aspect amongst the learners to gain the highest scores. The overall gamified learning experience, earning badges & scores and competing with the peers keeps learners open to improve their skills. By the time the game is over, learners are prepared with internalizing their acquired skills, thereby enhancing their proficiency retention and overall workplace performance.
These are some of the reasons which make game-based learning a significant approach to encourage workplace development. A well-structured gamified approach incorporates multiple strategies to engage and retain modern learners in multi-faceted ways.
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