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.
Who says learning at work has to be boring? Certainly not the corporate learners we know!
Adult learners want to be engaged and challenged. They want to put what they already know to use. Any instructional designer will tell you one way to engage your learners is by incorporating games – and maybe even a little fun! – into your corporate eLearning design.
If you’re a fan of eLearning Brothers, we’re pretty sure you don’t need to be convinced when it comes to the value games bring to the online learning experience. With our extensive library of game templates, we’ve made it easy for you to use games in your corporate eLearning.
Aside from the fun games bring to an eLearning experience, there are three important reasons to incorporate game templates into your design process:
Create competition and interest
Learners are more likely to invest the time to complete your eLearning course if they’re interested in the outcome, and if there’s a challenge for them to complete. Including games can even create a sense of competition between coworkers. Using a template allows you be efficient about the games you create. With the help of templates, you’re able to keep the challenge alive for your learners and cover a lot of content quickly.
Build credibility with consistency
If you’re creating a lot of eLearning content, you’ll not only want to be efficient you also want to be consistent. Whether it’s one person or a team of designers who are producing your corporate eLearning materials, they need to reflect a consistent look, feel and approach to gaming. Using a template helps you build credibility because you’re providing learners with a consistent experience.
Play with purpose
We want learning to be fun, but you can’t lose sight of the purpose of a game. It’s there to help a learner retain their new knowledge. A game template ensures your learners will be familiar with how to play the game, which means they’re more likely to retain what you’re teaching them.
If a learner needs to learn a new game every time they login for training, they’re more likely to focus on the “how” of the game while forgetting what they’ve learned. A game template allows you to focus on creating play with a purpose. Learners will remember the fun they’ve had, as well as the training and information they can put to use back on the job.
We have eLearning game templates for every environment – check out our free library here, and be sure to let us know how it goes. We love hearing stories about how people like you are making work fun for corporate eLearners everywhere!