In today’s world, we are clear about one thing – We are all in a constant state of learning. Whether you are a student or not, learning is the most fundamental task we have if we want to stay up to date and it is no different for skill development.
Most of the times, the skill development training that we have for the youth, is not always enjoyable and engaging. If we look at the end result of such skill development training, we may realize that not all participants remember or understand every aspect of the skill taught.
This is simply because learning something new, regardless of how important it is, can be extremely difficult for the grown-ups.
Unfortunately, at work, performance is greatly dependant on acquiring new skills at regular intervals – you are required to learn everything from making a formal conversation to learning how to operate a new software or a tool.
But, how do we ensure that participants of a skill development program gain the most out of the training?
The answer is simple – we make it fun, enjoyable and engaging by gamifying the entire session. After all, 97% of youth play computer and video games.
So, what are a few steps you can take to gamify your skill development training? In this post, we will discuss exactly that. This post will tell you the steps you need to take to gamify your skill development programs and make them more effective.
So, let’s begin –
#1 SET A GOAL FOR THE PARTICIPANTS
Always set a goal for each session. The participants should know what they are working towards and what they will achieve once the session is over.
By providing a goal, you are setting a game like atmosphere which gives everyone a sense of clear mission. Over the course of the entire skill development training, g
When participants are constantly reminded of the goals and targets, it is bound to have an impact on the level of engagement and motivation to learn.
Did you know that on average, gamers fail 80% of the time and yet they still find the gaming experience enjoyable?
#2 CREATING HEALTHY COMPETITION IS A MUST
Competition has the ability to motivate any human being to work harder and develop an interest in the subjects we otherwise might not take up. It is also the only thing that distinguishes a game from a training session – it creates a healthy sense of urgency and steps up the intensity.
After all, the participants know that there can only be one winner for the session or the winner will be entitled to a useful reward.
You can include challenges, quizzes, hunts, brainstorming sessions etc into the skill development training to make it competitive
#3 HAVE TESTS AND CHALLENGES
Usually, in most training sessions, we have lectures and at the end of the entire session, we might have a small test. But, that is not the best way of doing it.
Through tests, participants can get direct results of their efforts and know exactly where they stand. Besides this, if the participants are aware of constant tests and challenges, they will tend to pay more attention to learning and preparing seriously.
Also, when a participant constantly scores low in a test, you can tackle it immediately and ensure that you help them with learning in a way that resonates with them.
Did you know that
61% of surveyed CEOs, CFOs and other senior executives say they take daily game breaks at work.
#4 CREATE LEVELS FOR THE TRAINING
Creating levels is one of the easiest ways to embed game element into a skill development training.
It is an indication of current ability and an effective way to show progress. You can also increase the level of challenges with levels of the training. For example, the challenges in the tests increase once you have crossed level 1 of the training.
With well-designed level, your participants will never be anxious, bored of wondering when will the training get over.
#5 DO NOT FORGET REWARDS
You need rewards to motivate desired behavior from your participants.
In any game, there are rewards. When you pass a level or a challenge, you get rewarded with an additional power, power up, extra lives, additional scores or alike. Similarly, you need to include rewards in the skill development training.
You can use game points, credits for performance review, monetary rewards, recognition type rewards etc. Get creative!
#6 PROVIDE CONSTRUCTIVE FEEDBACK
By providing constructive feedback, you can help participants in improving their learning. You can communicate with them effectively and ensure that they are on the right track.
This is where I remember what Jane McGonigal of Reality is Broken has to say
Real-time data and quantitative benchmarks are the reason why gamers get consistently better at virtually any game they play: their performance is consistently measured and reflected back to them, with advancing progress bars, points, levels, and achievements. It’s easy for players to see exactly how and when they’re making progress. This kind of instantaneous, positive feedback drives players to try harder and to succeed at more difficult challenges. That’s why it’s worth considering making things we already love more gamelike. It can make us better at them, and help us set our sights higher
Collectively, the planet is now spending more than 3 billion hours a week gaming which makes gamification the most attractive way out to engage participants.
Gamification has proved to motivate user behavior, providing experiential and impactful learning. If you include the above-mentioned game elements (and more) into your training, you are bound to develop a game-design like thinking and technique that has the ability to increase the proficiency of the participants at job-related skills.
There is no doubt when the user is immersed and interested in the learning environment, the learning outcomes are admirable. So, what are you waiting for?
Do the research and start including game-elements into your training sessions. You are bound to see positive results.
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