Guest blog post by Liz Sheffield. Liz Sheffield is a freelance writer with a background in training and development. She specializes in writing about everything related to the human side of business.
When I hear the word strategy, I think of people sitting around a long table, in a large conference room, with a whiteboard full of scribbles, arrows, and numbers. Sometimes the people appear to be engaged and excited. Other times, not so much: arms are crossed, and eyes are rolled.
Looking for a way to avoid boredom when you build your eLearning strategy?
We can think of (at least) five reasons why you should use eLearning games as a strategy:
Creativity. Whether you’re a team of one or a team of ten, eLearning games provide you – as the designer – a way to get creative about how you help learners learn. When games are the center of your eLearning strategy, games become the backdrop onto which you can unleash your talents.
Structure. Every strategy needs some structure – how we do what we do to achieve results. With a strategy built around games, interactive learning will be top of mind. Rather than including games as an afterthought, they’ll be the way you do your work. (Trust us: your learners will thank you.)
Collaboration. Whether you’re working with SMEs or other designers, a strategy built around eLearning takes the guesswork out of collaboration. A focus on eLearning games establishes a solid framework to which everyone can contribute.
Expansion. The ability to expand and flex is a key component of any great strategy. With so many great game templates available, you can confidently create a learning strategy around eLearning games without worrying that you’re going to come to a dead end. Likewise, if you find that you want to go in a different direction with your eLearning games, you have thousands of options to inspire the next phase of your strategy.
Engagement. If your strategy is built around the gamification of learning, you’ll be 100 times more likely to engage your learners. And, because those learners are your reason for being, it’s a good idea to engage them as much as possible.
Of course, a solid learning strategy built around eLearning games should always exist to enhance your core content, and enable learners to meet the learning objectives you’ve identified. Stay focused on the ultimate goal of helping learners do their job, and your game-powered eLearning strategy will serve to empower everyone from the designer to the end user.