Heard about gamification, but don’t really know where to start? Then this is the article for you.
Truth is, gamification is a fantastic way to improve learning outcomes for employees and students alike. In this post, we’re covering what gamification is, how it works, and why it’s easier than you might think.
Gamification is a learning tactic that places game elements in the context of learning. Gamified content increases learner motivation, engagement, and retention by triggering the release of dopamine (a neurotransmitter strongly associated with learning and memory).
The learning technique is implemented by adding game mechanics to learning content. Some examples of game mechanics are:
Gamification makes use of the brain’s natural knack for logic and problem solving, adding elements that make the process rewarding. According to neuroscience, gamification in education works in five ways:
Gamified elements engage our emotions, which boost the encoding and retrieval of information. This catches the learner’s attention and helps them form an emotional connection with the content, and with other learners via friendly competition. An attentive learner is more receptive to new information.
Gamified learning also stimulates the hippocampal memory (hippo-what?!?), which releases dopamine and sends new information into the learner’s long-term memory and promotes focus. This means that gamification in learning promotes better retention and recall.
Ever wondered why you learned more about historical events from fiction books and movies than from history textbooks? Our brains prefer to learn in a story format. Stories are easier to process than a list of facts. Gamification content implements storytelling as a vehicle for delivering information to students, making the content easier to understand and retain.
Endorphins are our best friends. They help us release stress, relax, and stay focused. Playing an engaging game produces these magic chemicals, creating the perfect internal learning environment.
Lastly, games help our brains grow and change through neuroplasticity. The brain doesn’t ever stop growing– it learns from stimuli as we go through life, creating new synaptic connections that rewire our neural pathways to form new habits and improve skills like memory, attention, creativity, and problem-solving. Gamification supplies our brains with stimuli designed to promote enhanced learning and prevent cognitive decline as we age.
Gamification is as easy as any kind of content creation, so long as you have the right tools.
Getting started is pretty simple. You’ll need some sort of gamification software, interactive video software, branching scenario software, or the like. Use your gamification authoring tool to create interactive video content.
If video is your thing you can easily make interactive video games: a genre traditionally known as FMV or ‘Full Motion Video’. You could film real footage or some software options (like Vyond or Canva) come with ready-made templates to streamline the content creation process. You can choose characters or create your own then customise them by adding props and advanced movements. Vyond even allows you to add pre-recorded audio and have characters lip sync whatever you want them to say.
Here’s a quick demo showing you exactly how to get started with gamification using Near-Life CREATOR. You’ll learn how to create a branching scenario with hotspots and buttons, add gamification features using conditions and achievements, and even learn how the tool’s analytics can report learner interactions.
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