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Why Do Corporate Training Games Work

 

Posted on Tue, 01/02/2018 - 07:51

Learner engagement is a key factor in ensuring the success of a course. If the learning is not interesting enough to grab learner attention, then it will not be successful. You may make it compulsory for the employees to take the course, and show 100% completion rates. But, you will not see any tangible benefits at the end of the training if the learners were not engaged. A course will be considered successful, only when the learners benefit from it, and the result shows in improvements in knowledge, skills, and aptitude.

So why do corporate training games work?

The results found during a research by University of Denver Business School will answer that question. Employees learning with eLearning games had the following results over traditional training methods:

  • 11% higher factual knowledge
  • 14% higher skill-based knowledge
  • 9% higher retention rate

In addition, they were more confident about their abilities to apply the concepts they learned in their workplace. Game-based learning took the learner experience to an entirely new level.

Games work because they are fun and interactive. The level of interactivity boosts learner interest and keeps them engaged. But, before you adopt a game-based approach to learning, it is important to ensure that your organizational goals and learning objectives demand such an approach. You should not attempt to force the game element into an existing traditional course. That is a sure recipe for failing.

Here are top four reasons why you should consider using corporate training games for your employees, instead of traditional learning methods.

Why Do Corporate Training Games Work

Reason #1: Engaging

Games are highly engaging. It taps into the learner emotion with the element of pleasure, surprise, excitement, and reward. They provide the learner with a sense of autonomy and competence. These intrinsic motivators ensure that the learner is invested in the learning and gains new knowledge and skills from it.

Reason #2: Productive

As shown in the statistics above, employees who played corporate training games retained more knowledge, had a better understanding of the concepts, and felt more confident about applying the skills at their workplace. Gamified learning provides immediate feedback on learner actions, instead of waiting till the module ends. It ensures that the learner is actively involved in the learning process. The decisions the learner takes during the game provides valuable insights into their ability. A training manager can utilize this information to find out where employees are struggling and work on remedial measures.

Reason #3: Failsafe environment

Throwing an employee into a job role without adequate preparation results in mistakes that cost money and goodwill for the organization. Games provide a great platform for the employees to practice without any real-world consequences. Your employees can make many mistakes  in the virtual environment, and learn from their mistakes before progressing on.

Reason #4: Mastery

Learners like it when they can improve a certain job-related skill. The feeling of mastering a skill or learning a concept that will help an employee improve their position in the workplace is empowering and motivating. With games, learners see how tasks are becoming easier the more they try in the virtual environment. Something that seemed challenging before the module seems easy after completing the module.

Designing Digitally, Inc. developers love applying tactics and complexity from mainstream video games to instructional Serious Games. We use game mechanics such as limited turns, finite resources, and merit-based progression to create engaging experiences that capture learners’ attention.

Get in touch with us and let us help you design custom game learning that will produce actual results.

By Designing Digitally, Inc.