The Most Serious Game
Fun isn’t the opposite of learning. Studies show having fun actually increases learning. That’s why gaming as a training tool is here to stay. Whether you’re utilizing a simple trivia quiz show or a custom scenario-based activity, gaming engages participants in ways other training doesn’t.
Here are a few things to remember if you’re thinking of taking gaming seriously in your training program.
Even dry topics become compelling when applying game concepts to training material. And complex gaming systems, with challenges and rewards systems, encourage people to pursue training without the stigma of the word “training.”
Contests, quizzes, challenges, team events, leader boards, rewards, prizes, badges, and recognition all resonate with learners across generations.
Gaming can feel more like play than training.
Simple stand-alone games, whether played online or in a live training event, appeal to people’s competitive nature — even if they’re only competing against themselves.
In short, effective gaming methods create:
- A compelling fun factor to motivate learning
- A resourceful way to leverage people’s competitive nature
- Word-of-mouth discussion and social learning
- Eagerness to participate and engage
- A desire to master the information in order to win or achieve more
- A sense of camaraderie and pride
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