Soft skill training for the youth is the need of the day and game based learning makes it so much easier to learn (and, teach). Did you know that –
Approx. 1 million youngsters are joining the workforce today but every 1 out of 4 requires upskilling (especially, soft skills like spoken English) to be employable.
And, this is where game based learning comes handy. There are numerous benefits of games in soft skill development and behavioral raining. After all, virtual reality, that a game based activity can create, gives you the capacity to prepare for the near identical environment by honing your skill accordingly.
Before we dive deeper, let’s look at the definition of soft skills and behavioral skills.
Soft skills are social skills that include communication, listening, empathy etc. Behavioral skills, on the other hand, are the skills used to interact with others in the workplace.
Now that we understand what the two skill are and why they are important, let’s move on. In this post, we will discuss 5 benefits of game based learning in soft skill development and behavioral training
1. Practice makes a man perfect
That’s a famous saying, isn’t it?
And, it is true as well. Game based training let people “do” things they have been taught and not just listen to them to understand. Think about it – if you were to learn cooking, it would only happen with practice and real life implementation, not by watching cookery shows or reading recipes.
Similarly, if people were to learn soft skills by reading theory or any other method which does not involve practice, there is a greater risk of getting it wrong.
And, in any business or job, mistakes cost money, clients, and reputation – all 3 of which cannot be achieved easily. In addition to this, it impacts the confidence of an employee negatively.
So, how do we practice without putting anything at stake?
This is where game based learning comes into the picture. Game based learning creates a real life experience for you to learn and practice soft skills without any risk.
It is safe to say that the best form of learning is when you do it and it is especially true when it comes to soft skill development. How else would you learn, say, spoken English?
This is why we researched and developed Playablo for skill development. It offers a unique solution to soft skill development, especially spoken English. Playablo’s spoken English training is powered by the Carnegie Speech Engine, developed by experts at Carnegie Mellon University. With the speech engine’s patented pinpointing technology, Playablo evaluates and helps the learners improve on four fronts : Fluency, Pronunciation, Grammar and Conversational English (for professional environments).
A sneak peek into the app –
2. Thinking and decision making
Game-based learning activities are situation-based, require students to think promptly, use logic and solve a problem.
When teaching soft skills, gamification advocates use conversation prompts and social situations to practice. For example, you pick two students and ask them to talk as if they were closing a business deal. This not only encourages decision making but helps in developing management skills.
According to Gamelearn, aspects such as strategic thinking, putting oneself in the position of others, the development of analytical and communicative skills, etc., are factors very much present in many serious games for the learning of soft skills, such as Merchants, the negotiation course-game; or Triskelion, the one on time management and personal productivity.
3. Enhances memory
Game based learning allow students to immerse themselves in the given context and develop a skill. Instead of feeling the burden of learning, students are engaged and enjoy the process of discovering a new skill.
By correcting behavior, repeating activities and practicing every aspect of the learning, students end up memorizing the skill unconsciously.
4. Motivation to learn more
We have talked about this earlier. When games are designed for learning, they are bound to include elements that drive motivation naturally – such as – levels, badges, leaderboards and other such incentives.
These factors induce curiosity, urge to overcome a challenge, rank higher on a leaderboard and the want to finish a level, which are great motivational drivers for continuing learning.
5. Develop real interest in learning
If you want to learn a soft skill (or any other skill for that matter), it is important that you remain interested in it.
Traditionally, soft skill trainings are boring and looked upon as “just another useless training” by many employees and students. However, game based training has changed this. Gamification programs for soft skill development keep a balance between the skill set of the student or the employee and the challenge/activity that is given to them.
As the students or employees begin to progress, the difficulty level of the challenges and activities also rise.
This is extremely important to drive a successful training. According to a study, in a multi-device world, the average human’s attention span is eight seconds; less than a goldfish’s.
And, to overcome this obstacle, it is important that you retain the interest of the student or employee. Game based training helps achieve this easily.
Keeping all these factors in mind, we developed Playablo for skill development and collaborated with Unnati, an NSDC recognized partner, to provide spoken English training for nearly 5000 students from 50+ centers spread across India. This partnership has significantly contributed in empowering the underprivileged youth to become job ready by up-skilling their English language skills. Click here to take a look at the Playablo-Unnati impact study.
These are some of the benefits of using game-based learning in soft skill and behavoral training. No doubt, game based training is the superhero of trainings. Over to you –