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Try this experiment with your corporate learners. Select a pilot audience and divide them into two groups. Keep the learning objective the same, but change the delivery method for each group. Offer a traditional training manual to the first group. They need to go through the manual and understand the process. Present the topic in a game-based format to the second group. Which group do you think will demonstrate an improved understanding of the learning objective? Chances are high that it will be the one that learns it through games.
The delivery method of a training significantly impacts the success of the program. If your learners get demotivated midway, then you lose a lot of money and effort. Games, usually, do not fail you. They have been used for a long time to teach skills and theories to learners. They are not only popular with children but adults as well.
So, does it work for corporate learners too? Games have proven to be incredibly effective in the corporate training world. Let’s find out why.
In a world filled with a multitude of electronic devices, the average attention span of a learner rivals that of a goldfish. In order to compete with this limitation, you need to provide them with a learning experience that will keep them absorbed. This objective can be achieved well by games. Game-based learning keeps your learners engaged in the training content as they are encouraged to use their logical and cognitive abilities in the process.
Employees who are new to their role may not have hands-on job experience. They can only gain it by doing the job. This is fine for many jobs. But critical jobs like that of a surgeon, pilot, or construction worker operating hazardous equipment are risky. One mistake can result in the loss of life and property. So, how best should the employees gain hands-on experience? This is where game-based learning steps in. It provides a safe virtual environment where the learners can practice as much as they wish to. They are free to make any decisions they feel are right. Even if they are wrong, there is no real-life damage involved. They can retrace their steps and keep playing until they understand the concept and make the right decision.
Serious games are not just for fun. They are based on educational theories. They can help learners enhance multiple skills. They take them to a realistic environment where they make decisions and solve problems. Since they learn by doing, they tend to absorb these skills faster and more meaningfully. These skills are lifelong. Your employees can use them in both professional and personal aspects.
Games are suitable for all ages. They entertain almost everyone irrespective of their background. You need to balance its stimulation and playability factor. It is one of the best ways to cultivate healthy peer competition and inspire the learners to achieve more. It encourages them to explore and improve relevant skills. In a game-based environment, it is not obvious to the learners that they are learning something. The entertainment elements take them through the entire learning without making them feel like students.
A well-designed game helps create an emotional connection with the audience. When you have a realistic plot and characters, the learner feels as if they are a part of the story. They are ready to go the extra mile to help the protagonist overcome hurdles and achieve the final goal. The learners are emotionally invested in the game, and as a result, they tend to remember better.
Improving your corporate training with Designing Digitally
The Designing Digitally team creates custom game-based learning solutions that offer effective training to your learners and works to overcome any skills gaps that exist. Each learning experience created is tailored to your specific needs and leads to a positive return on investment for your team.
To learn more about this approach to learning and the impact it can have on your organization, download our complimentary whitepaper, Game-Based Learning is a Game Changer in Corporate Training, or contact our Learning Solutions Specialists today!