Traditional eLearning involves the learner taking a digital course online, typically this would involve using text, audio, video and animations to teach the learner about a specific topic. This may be fine but this method has been done for a number of years now. As eLearning is focused around technology it is important that you innovate your digital training as learners expectations changes, one way you can do this is through learning games. Not be confused with gamification which involves incorporating gaming mechanics into eLearning, learning games are just as the name suggests, games which focus on teaching learners about a specific topic.
Creating learning games can be a creative and engaging way to teach learners as it leverages a lot about what makes games interesting, fun and engaging. Below are some types of learning games you could create for your digital training and eLearning.
RPGs or Role Playing Games are games where learners take on the role of a character, they use this character throughout the game and interact with other characters during there journey. Story is very important for this type of game and has a heavy focus on the player taking on a character. In a training setting this could be used as day in the life type of game where the user performs a series of tasks or situations they might encounter on the job on a day to day basis.
2. Choice based games
Choice games involve the learner being asked a series of questions or being presented a scenario and being asked to make a decision. These types of games may not use an avatar or have as much focus on characters, instead they display to learners the outcomes of decisions they make. Learners can learn the correct way to deal with situations or how to handle situations where there is no correct answer. Giving learners the ability to replay the game will allow them to see how different decisions result in different outcomes.
3. Competition or Rank based games
Competitive games can be one way to encourage and simulate learning between teams. Competitive games place a higher focus on ranking, this might be through using a leaderboard or points scoring. Competitive games can encourage team work and team building as there are clear and measurable benchmarks learners can aim for, this type of game can be used by individuals or a group but just ensure that you don’t single out any learners who may not perform as well as others.
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