Game-based training makes learning more enjoyable — but it’s also specifically designed to get employees job-ready in less time. Here are three ways that game-based training improves learning outcomes.
It’s All About Motivation
Traditional learning methodology centers on pushing learners to content with the hope that they will master the materials provided. Office training programs push workers to learn skills to become proficient at specific tasks, which will translate to higher profits. These customized business simulations include both gamification and game-based training whose principles reject this content-centered model and instead puts the focus on the learner. Game design elements and mechanics make the process of learning engaging, enjoyable, and social, which draws learners to the content.
Gamification versus game-based training
Gamification is not the standalone use of game-based elearning but instead the application of game mechanics and game-inspired features to a non-game environment to engage and motivate people to learn and achieve their goals.
Gamification uses rules and rewards to tap into our innate desires for status and achievement and promotes active learner participation while encouraging positive behavioral change. Currently, it is the preferred approach for corporate training compared to game-based training because it is much easier to apply to today’s learning ecosystem.
Points, levels, leader boards, badges, trophies, and quests are typically used to encourage greater focus, competitiveness, productivity, collaboration, and creativity. These features can bring an element of fun and excitement to what could be perceived as dull subject matter while helping the learner to achieve their learning goals and objectives.
Part of the beauty of gamification lies in its ability to address the most common problem with game-based elearning today are that people think they know what to expect from a course. These customized business simulations helps create mystery, exploration, and mastery by giving people the chance to fail until they have solved a problem or honed their skill.
The end result is a more effective learning experience which is partly attributed to the removal of preconceptions about what the learner is supposed to learn and hence that all too familiar ‘click-next’ mentality.
In comparison, game-based learning is the process of using real, interactive training games to support or teach a new concept or a specific skill.
Game-based training is a powerful tool because it can help users to develop problem-solving skills and it promotes self-driven learning while facilitating friendly competition through these customized business simulations. You are far more likely to find it in school classrooms and other non-corporate working environments as it can be a challenge to sell its benefits into business leaders.
GAME-BASED TRAINING MAKES LEARNING AND TRAINING ACTIVE
Game-based training is interactive, engaging and interactive using active learning to help employees learn more efficiently, faster. By taking passive content (like videos and PDFs) and making them into interactive games, this method forces users to stay actively engaged with course content. Employees can’t doze off or zone out because they’ll lose points or miss questions. They must pay attention and stay engaged to max out their scores and master the content.
GAME-BASED TRAINING INCREASES KNOWLEDGE RETENTION
Studies have shown that our ability to remember things we hear is significantly worse than our ability to remember things we see and touch. Encouraging active participation instead of passive engagement with training materials helps encode knowledge more effectively.
Game-based training also uses two practices shown by cognitive psychology research to improve retention: practice testing and distributed practice. Practice testing gives employees the opportunity to recall information in a low- or no-stakes environment, which helps encode it in their long-term memory. With distributed practice, training sessions are spread out over time, which helps to encode learned materials in long-term memory.
Game-based training combines these two techniques in short modules that are designed to be taken a few at a time, every couple of days. These modules combine quiz formats with game elements so employees learn through play.
3. LESS TRAINING TIME
First let’s talk about one of the lesser-known benefits of game-based training: less training time.
People tend to assume since game-based training is fun, employees will waste a ton of time playing instead of being productive.
But this isn’t typically the case.
On average employees lose about 5-10hrs of productive time for game-based training, compared to 53hrs of productive time for traditional training.
On average companies lose 53 productive hours per employee because of traditional training.
Game-based training takes less time because it’s broken up into small parts; employees can complete a course in around 5 minutes.
And there is enough intrinsic motivation built into the program to inspire regular training habits, so employees can train more regularly, without spending as many hours away from their day-to-day responsibilities.
ADOPT A FREE-FLOW APPROACH
Try not to restrict the flow of content unless, of course, you have a process that needs to be conducted in a precise way. A free-flow approach that allows the individual to explore the learning environment can help to bolster the dopamine cycle by helping to create that all-important sense of mystery and intrigue.
Such an approach can help transform even the driest of content, turning the chore of seemingly tedious learning into greater enthusiasm and interest from your learners.
5. IMPROVED APPLICATION OF LEARNING (CHANGING BEHAVIOUR)
Finally, the last benefit of game-based training is the increased application of training to day-to-day activities. With game-based training, we see employee behavior change at a much higher rate than with traditional training.
This is partly because of the increased retention of information. After all, if you can’t remember something, you can’t apply it.
But game-based training also encourages application because of its focus on mastery and habit building. It encourages employees to retake courses until they master the content. And that builds confidence — which leads to application.
Therefore, at Indusgeeks corporate e-learning combined with high fidelity learning/training simulations and interactive training games to improve your training outcomes by reducing the training time required (for both learners/trainers) and consequently, reduces the overall costs.