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23 Oct 2020
gamification

Importance of Gamification in Elearning

Gamification is one of the most important components of e-learning. It’s important because it provides learners with a sense of accomplishment that retains their interest in the course.
There are two kinds of motivation due to which learners feel so excited when they play games in e-learning.

  • Extrinsic motivation

This kind of motivation as the name indicates is in the form of points you get for completing a quiz. Most of the eLearning quizzes don’t allow the learners to move ahead until they have answered the questions correctly. And when they give the right answers they get points for doing that. So, that’s how they are motivated to complete a quiz correctly
The quiz might also be attempted at the same time with their peers. Due to this, it becomes important to check who gives the right answers first.

  • Intrinsic motivation

Employees also want to check how much they have learned from an eLearning course. It’s important to develop a certain sense of confidence.
There are other benefits of including games in an eLearning course

1. People spread a positive word about it: It is quite likely that people will tell others to browse through an eLearning course if it is gamified. A survey has indicated that 81% of users spread positive word-of-mouth publicity about a course if it’s gamified.

2. Gamification addresses employment issues: Gamification ensures that learners playing the games take the same decisions as they do in employment situations. Games teach about the most ideal decisions in tough and real situations. This way, they retain such knowledge and can handle the job-based scenarios pretty well. Its because E-learning games are simulations of job-based environments and situations.

3. Gamification makes the eLearning courses fun: Games like Drag and Drop add an element of fun to the learning activity. Since the learner learns through their response and outcomes in the game, they enjoy it. This is much more enjoyable than reading a book on management and learning the best possible responses in situations.

4. Gamification is crucial in microlearning: Each microlearning nugget takes about 3-5 minutes. When games are included in such nuggets, the learners feel motivated. Since these nuggets are short and are quite entertaining for the learner, games are included in them to enhance the fun. They don’t take much time from the learner. Learners become more productive after learning their goals through these nuggets.

5. Gamification informs employees about the rules: The employees show an actual alteration in their behavior. You might tell employees about a modification of the rules, but they learn about them better through games.

Since learners are punished negatively for showing the wrong behavior in a game, they are likely to persist with the right behavior in real situations through gamification.

How are games designed in e-learning?

  • Avatar

Through the use of an avatar in an eLearning game, employees can see themselves better in a job-based situation. When someone needs to get some training an avatar is of a lot of help. Videos about recruiting new employees also use avatars, to enhance an understanding of how many kinds of potential employees can come up in an interview.

  • Tasks in gaming

Tasks in games are important so that there is a practical approach. Through such tasks, learners can be taught how to do something. In such kinds of games, users are given something to complete. When they do it successfully they proceed ahead, otherwise, they revert to the start of the game.

  • Games used as assessments

Companies also need to verify the knowledge level of their employees. So, MCQs are given to check the knowledge of their employees and help the managers design further training. Managers can also talk to the employees based on what they lack in their performance in the games.

In the future, there are likely to be more changes in the games included in eLearning. Virtual Reality which takes the user to a different environment will also become part of e-learning. Hence the users can be deported mentally to challenging job-based scenarios and made to learn better. Since the users are taught only mentally, the organizations don’t have to bother about setting up job-like settings to make employees learn better.

So, the eLearning programs have a return on investment. It’s because they show a change in the behavior of employees.

15 Apr 2019
training

Are You a Progressive Organization?

In today’s business environment, the cut-throat competition is not easy to beat. Innovation in the products and services is vital. However, the success or failure of any organization is immensely dependent on its employees. The knowledge and skills of the human resources are an invincible competitive advantage.

To survive the performance pressure due to technological advancements and ever evolving needs of the consumer, progressive organizations are embracing the changes by making their work force ready for facing any business challenge. This is significantly implemented by modern day businesses through continuous training and development.

As rightly quoted by Richard Branson, “Clients do not come first, employees come first. If you take care of your employees, they will take care of the clients”.

Consequently, effects of training are shown in an increasing consumer experience.

There are only 8-9 percent of executive leaders who believe in providing training for both business and employee growth. Contrarily, during any economic crisis, eliminating the training programs is the most preferred choice by rest of the leaders. Without realizing that, it can help the firm and employees for smooth sailing through a rough tide. The positive and assured outcomes of well-trained staff can be summed out in these points:<

  • Increase in adaptability and acceptability levels
  • Decline in the errors in processes and output
  • Higher motivational levels and less turnover rates
  • Increase in productivity and growth
  • Rising Customer Satisfaction

There is no doubt that there are costs incurred in arranging effective and frequent training programs. Although, it’s important to compare them with the costs raised by inadequacy or absence of trained employees.

The results driven from researches have mostly concluded that the cost is higher in the later case. Lack of training can lead to many risks in an organization like:

  • Obsolete skills and knowledge of employees
  • Lack of motivation and innovation
  • Higher employee turnover
  • Affected productivity
  • A rattling balance sheet
  • Poor Customer Service
  • Rise in customer dissatisfaction

Poor quality and mismanagement of training programs can also induce backlash, resulting in any of the consequences mentioned in the list above. The answer to all the risks and costs involved in training is eLearning solutions. The customization of these solutions in alignment to the goals of the firm can deliver tangible results. The emphasis should be on quality and consistency, as the costs of online training programs are considerably much less than the traditional method.

07 Jan 2016
learner's attention in training

Grabbing The Learner’s Attention

If we have designed a visually appealing and compelling training program. Do you think such training program is enough to glue the learners to their seats? Let us accept the truth that, for a learner our training program is just another training program. He/she will do any or all of the following while taking the training –take calls, chat, check mail, talk to a colleague, wonder how long the training program is going to last, and so on. I am sure everybody has done all these in school/college. So, why should our learners be any different?

Learner’s real world is full of distractions. So, it is very important to grab the learner’s attention. The first event “Gain Attention” out of Gagne’s nine events still holds good in today’s learning environment.

I am a great fan of this “Gain attention” strategy. The first few seconds/minutes of a training program plays a crucial role in deciding its fate. The learner may just leave the training in the middle or click ‘Next’ continuously to complete it. If first impression is not positive, the great ID strategies may just fall on deaf ears.

Gain attention strategy plays an effective role in eLearning. It has the power to increase the motivational level of your learner.

Gain Attention:

  • Arouses the learner’s curiosity.
  • Sets an expectation in the learner’s mind: What’s in the training for me?/ What is the training all about.
  • Makes the learner think about a particular concept: Really?/ No way!/ So true?
  • Helps the learner grasp what is going to be covered in the training.

Basically, a gain attention strategy will build a curiosity in the learner’s mind to see what comes ahead. The learner is actually interested in taking the training program.

We have talked enough about the importance of “Gain Attention”. Now, the question arises “What qualifies as a gain attention strategy?”

The different types of ‘gain attention’ can include:

  1. Pretests: Holds good for learners who believe they know everything and there is nothing more to learn. The objective is to enable the learners to understand where they stand at the beginning of the training program.Example: Before staring the training, let us answer a few questions
  2. Challenge: This holds good for demotivated learners.
    Example: You are a technical assistant. You have several customers who require your assistance. How many customers can you serve in a day?
  3. Problem solution approach: Builds the curiosity in the learner to solve the problem.
    Example: You have been appointed a manager of a team whose performance has been very poor over the past few months. How will you motivate your team and ensure that each member gives his/her best.
  4. Did you know?: Share facts that will really inspire and surprise the learners.
  5. Comic strip: Use comic characters to talk about a particular topic/situation.
  6. Story/scenario: Make the learners understand with a scenario or through characters in the scenario.
    Example: There’s a city where lot of school going children have been missing over the last two months. You being a part of the investigation department, have been assigned this case. You need to go to the city and solve the mystery.

There are several other innovative ways to design grab attention screens. If you have come across any, please feel free to share them.

27 Oct 2015
elearning course

Things to Keep in Mind While Developing eLearning Courses

The whole purpose of designing and developing an eLearning course is lost if the audience it is made for chooses to leave it midway. The audience here is the king. If the audience disapproves of an eLearning course, all the efforts and time spent on making the course go to waste. Goes without saying, the key stakeholders are held responsible for the failure of this course. The key stakeholders are SMEs, Instructional designers, multimedia developers, etc.

 After putting in all their effort and time, they don’t expect their product (eLearning course) to fare poorly in the market. They expect to receive satisfactory, if not great, reviews from their audience. Disappointed at the reviews they have received, they wish to find out the reason behind this failure. On giving their course a closer look, they find out that the course has certain gaps, and they also understood that they didn’t take some important points into account.

The points that they missed are:

Not clear who the audience is: Before designing, one should be clear about who the audience is. Then the team should work on how to meet the course objective as per the audience.

There was a lack of flow in the course: While designing and developing a course, the entire learning and development team must strive to build a course that is orderly and structured, i.e. in a proper sequence. Although you develop your sequence during the outline phase, you may need to constantly revise it. Make sure you check for the mention of terms and concepts that were not previously defined. If this happens, you’ll need to go back and revise the outline, so learners are introduced to the basics before being moved to the more advanced concepts. Also, the learning course must be developed in a way such that the readers/viewers stay hooked or remain engaged throughout the length of the course.

 The course was overloaded with unnecessary and irrelevant information: While developing an eLearning course, we feel that it should be rich in information. In a view to making the course information-rich, we tend to load the course with images, audio, and onscreen text. As a result, the learner finds it difficult to go through the course as there is too much information to process. The course should not be cluttered. We should include visual images, onscreen text, and audio only when it is necessary. 

The sentences used were not simple and mostly passive forms of sentences were used: The listener understands the speaker better if they are being addressed directly in the speech. It is always better to say, “He said these words” instead of saying, “These words were said by him.”

It is best to use an active, rather than passive, sentence construction. With an active construction, the subject of the sentence performs an action. With a passive construction, the subject does not take direct action, so the sentence feels weak. So in order to connect better to the audience, the instructional designers/writers should always use active form while structuring content.

18 Sep 2015
elearning

6 Reasons for why should you use Info graphics in eLearning

  1. Infographics are easy to understand: It creates a lasting visual impression on mind by providing relevant information in form of graphics with minimal words explaining them. This manner of providing concise data is very easy to read and remember by learner. People retain approximately 80% of what they usually learn as opposed to 20% retained by reading.
  2.  Infographics saves time: As content is summarized with graphical presentations, keywords and concise data which helps in saving the time of the learners. Human brain process visual scenes 60,000X faster than text.
  3. Infographics are easy to share:Attractive Infographics has a higher ability of to be shared on social networks and become viral than the ordinary text content.
  4. Infographics provides chances to be creative: There is no standard templates for designing Infographics. Each one is different and one can always play with colors, formats, fonts and styles.
  5. Infographics creates brand advocacy: While designing an infographic, a logo of the brand should be embedded always. Whenever, it will be shared or liked on social networking sites gives free advertising to the brand.
  6. Infographics will help you to show your expertise: The research required for creating an infographic will display your knowledge and position you as an expert on your category or topic.
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