Gamification and Mobile Learning Create a Winning Formula

Designing Digitally



Learning on mobile devices has increased significantly over the past few years and proven itself to be more than just a fad in the training scenario. Millennials, with their natural affinity for mobile technology, have led this change in the last decade. And, if you add a touch of gamification to it, then you have the perfect winning formula for creating a learning environment that can be accessed whenever your employees have some free time.

How does game-based learning solutions help build a stronger corporate culture of constant learning and training?

#1: Enhances motivation

Gamified training has demonstrated its worth in enhancing motivation levels of learners. Learning along with the excitement of tangible rewards helps motivate learners of all age groups to commit themselves to the process.

#2: Enhances knowledge retention

Recalling every piece of information shared in training programs where PowerPoint presentations ran on a loop, with little engagement between audience and trainers is always difficult. Gamified learning can help change that. Take for example, Domino's, where the pizzeria staff could learn and master recipes using gamified mobile learning applications, thereby drastically reducing the onboarding time for new employees.

#3: Pushes automation

Automation of daily business tasks can be extremely beneficial for an organization, but training the staff can be a huge challenge at the same time. Gamified learning modules can help by presenting a challenge to users and offering rewards on successful completion of tasks. Cisco, for example, trains its employees in social media marketing skills using gamified solutions and in return gets an army of social media marketers for its own brand promotions.

Here are a few best practices for developing game-based mlearning solutions.

#1: Create bite-size learning

Classroom style learning is rarely effective in the corporate setup, especially in the mobile learning environment. Learning in short bursts help learners to process bite-sized information at their leisure and turn learning into a habit. Modules can be designed to suit individual training needs, thus enabling learners to take charge of their learning and development program.

#2: Target one or two objectives at a time

Do not try to squeeze in too many objectives at one time. This is neither learner-friendly nor mobile friendly. Also, you have to consider the time and effort that goes into designing a game-based learning solution. If you want the end product to be relevant and purposeful, then concentrate on one or two of the most important objectives.

#3: Bring in the social element

Elements like multiplayer, chat, and leaderboards bring in the social flavor to the learning. Learners compare and compete with each other. Social interactions motivate the learners and keep them engaged. Engaged learners learn better and are confident of applying the concepts at their workplace.

#4: Use a safe mobile delivery platform

Employees use their devices to access confidential information related to the organization. They socialize with their peers.It is important to choose an m-learning delivery platform that is safe and secure. A robust platform should have features like double encryption, single sign-on, and cloud facility.

At Designing Digitally, Inc., we have developed award winning mlearning. We make our solutions innovative and immersive to engage your learners, improve productivity, and positively impact the bottom line.

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