Game Based Learning Works - Here's Why

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The success of corporate elearning solutions is tied to the fact that game based learning is effective. Technology is the basis of most of the educational strategies used in corporate trainings today.

There isn’t much in the realm of life that isn’t touched in some way by technology. It isn’t surprising that elearning has become such a prevalent aspect of education, or that it has made its way into the corporate world. The principles that make game-based learning successful are universal and apply to any area of education.

Why does game-based learning work?

Time has shown that games are more than just a frivolity. There are real lessons to be learned and games are teaching those lessons. The enjoyment of the games only adds to their appeal.  

The reasons for the success are pretty straightforward.

  • Games present a challenge. Challenges motivate learners to keep trying until they have mastered a concept. Whether a player is competing against themselves or against a peer, they are motivated to not give up.

  • The engagement factor. If a player is so enthralled with the game that they lose track of time, it’s a safe bet that learning is happening. Being involved in the game encourages intrinsic motivation. The learner is driven to do their best.  

  • Simulations play a part. There is infinite value in a learner being able to experience a real-life situation in a risk-free environment. The learner is free to approach problems from different angles and work out the best solutions without fear of failure.

  • Games encourage active learning. Passive learning doesn’t allow the learner to physically engage with the information that’s presented to them. True learning happens when the student or employee is actively engaged and able to interact with the knowledge.

  • Collaboration is key. Game-based learning that encourages the trainee to work cooperatively with their peers will give them a well-rounded, comprehensive training experience. 

  • Enhanced problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Games force users to solve tricky problems as part of advancing through different levels. Comprehension improves when higher-order thinking is used.

  • Games are fun. Enjoyment of an activity doesn’t negate it from being a valid learning activity. Learners are more likely to learn when they’re having fun because they are engaged and the learning is relevant.

  • Feedback is immediate. Game-based learning activities are designed to provide timely feedback as the learner moves through the levels of the game.

Extrinsic motivation. Some learners are motivated by earning rewards and the thought of an award at the end keeps them going.


What does this mean for corporate elearning solutions?

Companies that use game-based learning programs for their corporate employee trainings gain the benefit of a workforce that is much more prepared for the challenges they will face in their jobs than businesses who use traditional methods.

Due to these factors, trainees know how to interact with their peers, they have better critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and they are well prepared to do their jobs.

Contact Designing Digitally Inc. to learn how game-based learning can be a game changer for your organization’s training needs.