Remember when we used to be so engrossed in a game that we used to forget EVERYTHING else? Unlocking a new achievement, purchasing a new accessory, entering new territory, we always had something to look forward to the next day.
We have all enjoyed games one time or another (some, more than others). Now, Game addiction is a thing, and not a healthy one, but what if we could adopt the exciting and engaging parts of playing a game into our daily learning or training?
If you got excited hearing this, well, then I have news - new LMS or learning management systems are building their models and applications with incorporated gamification features.
And rightly so, because according to a survey by TalentLMS, 80% of the learners agree that they would be more productive and happier if their schools/colleges/works apply gamification techniques for learning and training.
So read on to find out which major gamification features will be most impactful for your new LMS.
Gamification of any technology or application is a highly skilled and organized job which requires a lot of research and resources. Incorporating the mechanics for gaming in an eLearning course is not easy. Though, one of the most crucial and difficult features of gamification is customization.
For instance, the ability to change color schemes, adding your own logo, adding characters, etc. These features help the players (users) to connect better with the learning course.
Graphs can be boring at most times but not when their sole purpose is to interactively tell you about your progress throughout the training course. These bars can be made interactive for giving the user more control over his learning progress.
At any time, they can choose to go back a step for revising what they have already learned. Not only this, they can click to prompt the upcoming levels as well, which can give them a summary of what rewards to expect.
Rewards are the ultimate means of bringing out the motivation in any person. And turns out, it doesn’t even matter if the rewards are absolutely virtual, they still give a person a feeling of triumph, thus building up the motivation.
Each milestone during the course of training can be rewarded and there can be a certain “grand prize” kept at the end completing the course.
To take this feature of rewards a notch higher, these virtual trophies can be awarded with real recognition. For example, certain rewards in the gamification LMS can be incentivized to build team motivation. This strategy will help in building a healthy competition among peers and at the same time fuel the progress of the training.
Another very effective motivation tactic of gamification is adding levels to the training course. The basic working of levels is that you can only move to the next level, once you have met all the requirements of this level. These requirements can be a quiz or a test or something else.
This can also be complemented by scoring feature which will let the employees know their performance in the course. In fact, these points can be built upon to be more sophisticated where the user will be awarded points for every accomplishment.
Badges are the most attractive and most motivating feature in any game. And they can be even more effective in gamification LMS training modules. To unlock a new shiny badge for every new achievement which can be personalized for accommodating your branding strategies and logos.
Building an interactive gamification LMS can be a tough task but it is worth it. However, the most important factor to take care of is choosing all the features according to your specific requirements. This is because every feature will add a certain cost to the whole model. But one thing is positive that, in the end, a gamification LMS will build the engagement of your eLearning course.
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