Learning to code with puzzles
As an added aid, learners are also shown an example of what the finished French flag should look like, giving them a clear end goal to work toward — just like a real-life jigsaw puzzle does.
How to use gamification in e-learning and corporate training
You can also use gamification for learning & development. Here are some examples of gamification in corporate training to inspire your own program:
Earning badges for professional skills training
As mentioned previously, gamified assessments can take the pressure off mastering a new skill. When designing an e-learning course to train your colleagues on new professional skills, consider adding badges to award your learners for completing their objectives. This not only adds a fun way to symbolize employees’ accomplishments but also gives them something to be proud of upon completing a course.
Employee onboarding missions
Employee onboarding programs often come with a lot of information about the company, which can be overwhelming for new hires to take in all at once. Instead of creating multiple online courses for them to complete, however, consider turning them into various onboarding “missions” to complete.
For example, in their first week, new hires might embark on their first mission by taking an e-learning course on company policies. One month in, their second mission might be to complete a course on getting to know key members of the organization. As an incentive, you can also offer badges upon the completion of each mission, making the ultimate mission to earn every badge in the onboarding program.
Simulations for compliance training
Gamification can even liven up something as formal as mandatory compliance training. To encourage learners to engage with the content, consider taking them through simulations where they need to make decisions based on the company’s code of ethics. You can also include a scoreboard to track how many questions they’ve answered correctly, which can act as a motivator to continue the course.
The above-mentioned examples are just some ways you can add gamification to training. While you likely won’t be adding gamification to every online course you create, there might be more opportunities to than you may realize.
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Benefits of gamification in e-learning
By now, it’s probably clear that there are several benefits of adding gamification to learning programs in the workplace. But to review them, here are three key advantages of gamifying your e-learning content:
It makes learning less intimidating and more fun
Presenting your e-learning course as a fun activity rather than as an added task to someone’s backlog can reduce any sense of intimidation that comes with picking up a new, unfamiliar skill. Though the stakes for passing or failing the course could be high (depending on the subject), gamification can help ease any pressure to produce error-free results and, instead, empowers learners to give it their best shot.
It increases motivation to learn
Aside from making learning more approachable, gamification can frame a course as an opportunity to have fun at work. As we’ve covered earlier, leadership boards or scoreboards can add a sense of friendly rivalry between coworkers, encouraging employees to perform well on the course just for the sake of having fun. When learning feels less like work and more like fun, it can turn from something people need to do into something they want to do.
It improves your e-learning content’s user experience
Finally, when done right, gamification can enhance your e-learning content’s user experience. By adding opportunities for learners to interact with the course rather than have them passively take the content in, they’re more likely to engage with the material and form meaningful takeaways.
The importance of gamification in e-learning continues to grow. In an increasingly digital age, knowing how to leverage game-like elements can strengthen your ability to create quality e-learning content while allowing you to keep up with changing learner needs.