Despite being a relatively recent innovation, gamified learning is quickly gaining traction in the corporate world, and has gained significant popularity in the last decade.
Put simply, it means integrating game mechanics - such as rules of play, achievements and leaderboards - into your training, to encourage greater employee participation and higher engagement levels.
The inclusion of games alongside more traditional training materials creates a more varied and intuitive e-learning environment. Employees learn unconsciously while absorbed in the game, are motivated by friendly competition with workmates, and ultimately stick with the training programme for longer - embedding long-term behavioural change.
According to a report published by Technavio, the global gamified training market is projected to grow at a rate of almost 10% between now and 2022.
Fear of failure
However, as with many new innovations, organisations frequently fail to successfully implement gamification in their training programmes, or to achieve the desired results when they do.
Below are a few things to keep in mind when introducing gamified learning.
1. Introduce new processes carefully
People often resist change in the workplace. For your new training concept to be accepted and to take root, you'll need to educate your employees about the new materials, and why you have introduced them.
2. Avoid going off-message
It is also imperative to consider the intended aim of your training, and ask yourself whether your employees really need gamification.
Introducing gamification just for the sake of it can complicate the learning process, and leave you with a confused workforce. It's your responsibility to make sure that the gamified materials serve their overall purpose of training your staff, and are not just being used to kill time.
3. Don't force participation
Remember, not every employee will like games and enjoy learning through gamification. Instead of using a mandatory-to-participate policy, give your employees a choice with an alternative, non-gamified learning format, so that they can choose to learn in the way that suits them best.
How to get it right
Integrating gamification into training takes effort, time and skill. Many organisations choose to consult an LMS software selection provider to help them choose a suitable developer, who can create a customised LMS for employee training.
You can select the level of gamification that you want to integrate with your training, and compare vendors according to the projects they have delivered, and their level of skill - ensuring you end up with the most professional, effective e-learning programme.
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