Gamification in eLearning is fast emerging as an effective technique to engage learners. It has found its place under the sun for serious learning (that is, meeting specified learning outcomes). In this article, I will share 6 examples that outline how we have created immersive learning experiences using gamification for varied training needs like induction and onboarding, professional skills enhancement, compliance, soft skills enhancement, and behavioral change programs.
Gamification at its core is simply utilizing elements of modern video games outside of their original context. If the common consensus is that traditional learning is boring and student engagement is difficult to achieve, then gamification in education aims to change this.
How Can You Create the Desired Impact Through Gamification for Learning?
1. High learner engagement
2. Immersive approach
3. High recall
4. Better retention (sticky learning)
5. Improved application of the acquired learning on the job
7. Challenges that stimulate a refresh or review of primary learning resources
8. Practice and proficiency gain
9. Trigger change in thinking
10. Influence behavioral change
The ongoing pandemic caused by coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has enforced a shutdown of educative institutions of all levels, including high school and university students, and has forced educators and institutions to adapt teaching strategies in a hasty way. Students reported that gamification was innovative, engaging, and an efficient strategy to deliver curricula material; moreover, it was perceived as a fun activity. Some students reported that gamified videoconferences aided to connect with their classmates during isolation time providing effective social support. New techniques such as this one require a lot more attention since not a lot of people know about these techniques and the positive effects they have, parents/teachers should be encouraged to provide new methods of learning and understanding among students as these times are very different and thus produce new challenges for both parents as well as the children. Teachers too have faced a lot of disturbance teaching effectively.
Schools too should take up techniques like this into their teaching styles and methods to make it easier for children to learn more effectively, since these methods are known for their effectiveness and efficiency inclusion of these even among parents would be very beneficial for their children