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Game Based Learning - The Way Ahead

Who doesn’t like to play games? Whether it’s a teenager or an adult, games are admired by people from all walks of life. And when the very concept of games is used as a learning tool, the benefits increase multi-folds.

Today, Game based learning or “Gamification” as we may call it is expected to have significant impact on corporate training. It is more than a buzz as it combines exciting, engaging, and immersive ID approach and is gaining momentum on account of increased adoption of mobile learning.

What is Gamification?

Game based learning (GBL) is designed to balance the core subject matter with interactive games and simulations. It remarkably improves learning outcomes by making learners practice in a virtual work environment and learn from their mistakes. Therefore, the ability of the players to retain the knowledge and apply it to the real world also increases.

Benefits of Gamification

By combining or introducing gamification in corporate culture, businesses can help workers retain information from training sessions, and further develop their long-term skill sets. Gamification engages employees in a meaningful and direct way within the workplace. Here are some of the benefits of gamification from the organization's perspective:

Better Learning Experience: Gamification induces high levels of engagement, thereby providing greater chance of recall and retention.

Better Learning Environment: The learning environment is not just informal. It’s very much effective and safe. Learners can analyze the circumstances with real-life situations using the games and take decisions for themselves.

Instant Feedback: The learning reinforcement is immediate as learners get instant feedback that tells them whether their solutions were right or wrong.
Increased Performance & Productivity: In corporate training, ‘Gamification’ promotes productivity by rewarding employees for completing tasks that are fun and challenging. The performance of the employee improves as a result of this approach, which in turn contributes to the growth of the organization.

Boost Motivation: With the introduction of Game Mechanics in form of points, badges, leader board, levels and so on, learners are incentivized to take an active interest in learning.

Future of Gamification

From the above discussion, we can conclude that gamification is a trend in eLearning. As a learning tool, it changes the entire concept of both traditional education as well as modern day education. Let us understand them one by one;

Everlasting eLearning Gaming Experiences: Keeping in view the shortage of time, micro-learning games will play a significant role in eLearning. If gamification is used to string together a set of micro learning module, it will motivate the learners to continually acquire new skills. Also, the competitive spirit imbibed during a gamified training session can be made perpetual by creating an operational process based on the game.

Multi-platform & Tactile: Game based learning is basically multi-platform as it can be accessed from devices such as: tablets, Smartphone and wearable tech.

Combination of Micro-Learning & Game-based Learning: Learners prefer bit-sized information which can be internalized quickly. Hence, game based micro learning program will gain popularity.

Personalized Learning Paths: Personalized learning paths, are designed to meet the needs and goals of each learner. This enables learners to customize the learning experience to their needs by setting goals and defining a schedule.

Progress of Serious Games: Serious games are sure to be the learning tools for the future. They are in demand with organizations which have to provide compliance training. Since compliance is a key operational area, where there is no room for error. The best way to train your employees is through simulations that include branching scenarios.

Social Media Centric Games: Social Media is the new age communication tool and it greatly impacts people from all walks of life. Social Media is gaining attention of gamers from across the globe. As social games integrate with education and training, it will lead to creation of a highly engaged community of learners.

Better Game-Based Analytics: Analytics helps in tracking learner’s progress in the training program. It provides real time data, which can be used to generate insightful information about learner's performance as well as assess the efficacy of the training program.

Evolution of Game-based Authoring Tools: Game-based learning is going to play a significant role in the near future. It has proved to be engaging as well as effective. So, ii is likely that in future eLearning developers will be using authoring tools which are specially designed for creating gamified learning experience.

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