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By Gavin Russell on June 10, 2021

Gamification is a powerful tool, what actually is it?

Gamification introduces game-design elements into learning to improve motivation and engagement across the workforce. Let's play and learn!

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What is Gamification?

Gamification in eLearning uses gaming elements to motivate the learner, such as points, badges, levels, and creates healthy competition between colleagues. 

Using gamification techniques doesn't mean creating an actual game. Still, you will inevitably increase learners' motivation and engagement with the learning material by using gaming elements. 

Put simply, it makes learning more fun!

 

Introducing gamification into your eLearning course

There are many gaming elements you can use to complement and enhance your existing learning materials.

Our learning specialists can work with you to design the optimal gamification experience for your business and your learning objectives.

In the meantime, here are some of the most common examples of gamification in eLearning.

Rewards

Creating a point scoring system will instantly make sense of motivation among learners. Points and rewards such as badges will instil a sense of gratification and accomplishment in learners, spurring them on to engage with the course.

Levels

A course can be broken down into levels, similar to that in games, based on topics, competencies and learning outcomes. 

As learners complete specific modules, they work their way through the course until they meet the entire "game".

Avatars

Allowing learners to create an avatar places them in the "story" of your learning course. This can help learners connect with the material and collaborate with other learners within the learning management system LMS.

Timed activities

Setting a time limit on certain tasks can create a sense of pressure and excitement for the learner. Much like in-game shows or video games, a time limit creates the necessity for intense focus and a sense of fun.

Course maps

Like in many popular video games, a visual map of the course and its modules can increase learner engagement. It puts each task and each section into context and gives learners the perspective of their progress as they complete each one.

Challenges

These are a natural part of all learning courses, only they usually take assessments or exams. Framing specific tasks as challenges with a game - or within the story of the course - can make them seem more fun and less chore-like.

 

Benefits of gamification in eLearning

Gamification of your eLearning can create more immersive, more flexible and more attractive learning experiences. It shows a modern approach in an established field, which benefits learners and businesses alike.

Team building and collaboration

Learners will be encouraged to share their experiences and progress quickly within a course. Encourage collaboration to complete the task or leverage an individual's competitive nature to be at the top of the leaderboard. In either case, gamification will help spark the conversation and initiate collaboration.

Engagement

Gamification makes eLearning fun. Learners get enjoyment from their learning. Rather than just doing it out of necessity, they are much more likely to genuinely engage with the materials, leading to better learning outcomes. 

Motivation

Learners can be motivated by the sense of adventure and competition that gaming elements create. Motivation is vital in driving learner behaviour towards persisting and completing their course and applying themselves wholeheartedly.

Gamified eLearning can also subconsciously trigger new ways of thinking and influence behavioural change among learners. 

 

Skillslive learning specialists will guide your organisation's learning experience and improve learner performance, we're with you all the way.

If you genuinely want to find out more, our network of highly engaged learning specialists can provide you with guidance around the latest technologies.

Let's connect for a chat, contact us now.

 

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Published by Gavin Russell June 10, 2021
Gavin Russell