Playing to learn

Children playing

How often do we dismiss a colleagues gaming activity as juvenile and a waste of valuable time? But, what if this was actually contributing to your colleague’s ability to learn?

Games are brilliant for helping to develop a range of attributes, including:-

  • Engagement & interaction
  • Patience
  • Understanding how we learn and process things
  • Challenging yourself and others

We know from our own learning experiences that trainers keep students engaged in the learning process by varying the classroom experience to include a combination of taught session, individual assignments, group work, videos, case studies and games amongst other things.  The aim of the professional trainer is to achieve the required learning outcomes by catering for different learning styles, as well as to keep the session interesting.

Blended learning is just that – a blend of ways to engage and motivate our learners, but it goes beyond the physical boundaries of the classroom and introduces the learners to a virtual world of learning, which has no boundaries!

What would be the benefits if you could design your learning so that it included companywide learning games?

Your Learning Management System (LMS) is the perfect host for your blended learning, including games. Plus, if you add in the social learning, imagine how your employees might further extend their interaction with each other?

Playing to Learn. How can game based training strategies help you?

  • Games based on specific learning outcomes that include various levels and objectives help retain learner attention and motivation
  • Trainees and learners find themselves enjoying the learning process
  • Experiential learning through games allows students to assess their own knowledge and areas for personal development in a non-threatening way, which enables them to plan their own course for success without fear of failure
  • Games encourage critical thinking and help develop students’ reasoning and decision-making skills
  • Games build teamwork skills
  • ‘Networked’ activities, which can be coordinated through your LMS, can increase the scope of engagement, interaction and learning

Research has shown that by incorporating the rising web technologies like social bookmarks, vodcasts, podcasts, blog posts, VOIP solutions and interactive PDFs (that store responses), the learner is more readily and consistently engaged, enabling them to participate in sessions in a way that he/she feels most comfortable.

By including games in your blended learning mix, the teaching experience and the learning experience are taken to a whole new level, making the learning process something exciting that is eagerly anticipated by learners.

If you are still not convinced, watch your young children or listen to a group of proud parents who say things like ‘my child is amazing, they can use the computer much better than me and they are only three…’

Food for thought.

To find out more about Learning Management Systems, blended learning, game based learning and developing your own bespoke training, please do contact us for further information or an informal chat.

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