Learning & Development

5 Innovative Ways to Use eLearning Games in Employee Training

The development of educational gaming technologies has given a powerful impetus to the professional training of adults. Simulation forms of employee training are becoming more and more popular in corporate training.

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eLearning Benefits

In our understanding, play is a unique phenomenon. Play is a vast field of human creativity. All these pictures, three-dimensional images, live sounds, and an exciting plot are immersed in an imaginary world. Reality ceases to exist for a while. Competing with someone or something or identifying with one or another role, students learn new behavior patterns, test their strength, and strive for higher achievements. Their potential gets the opportunity to be involved in the game, often in a more intense and pure form than in everyday life. Traditional learning has always been more limited, but nowadays, games and other forms of practical experience can be very beneficial in learning business skills. No doubt, some might question whether a business degree is worth it because business skills require more pragmatic engagement.

How Can eLearning Be Used to Improve the Effectiveness of Employee Training?

Although the initial investment in eLearning is not small, it provides the best return on investment in employee training, as it can offer:

  • Flexibility (you can take it with you)
  • Scalability
  • Individual lessons for different levels and positions
  • Destinations that meet the needs and expectations of modern employees of different generations

Here are a variety of eLearning strategies you can apply and use to ensure the continued growth of your business:

  1. Microlearning and Video-Based Training

Short, small sessions can be used on the go and help students achieve small goals each time. You can use this approach for formal learning in several combined modules or as tutorials. Microlearning can also be used to facilitate self-directed learning, as well as to support instructor-led virtual learning.

Video is highly effective and can add value to your instructional strategy on many levels, as you can use it for both formal training and performance support. Interactive video allows you to interact with students and conduct tests and is excellent for training on leadership development and sales growth. Also, use mobile apps for eLearning, especially for initiatives that are constantly being updated.

  1. Gamification and Personalization

You can increase student engagement by using gamification techniques. It can be applied to most of your corporate training needs, as well as for onboarding, professional and soft skills development, sales training, and more. Gamification is also increasingly being used for compliance education.

The combination of eLearning and microlearning granularity allows for the creation of personalized learning plans. These customized curricula can be tailored based on job title, geography, current knowledge level, or employee interests. This approach creates much higher learning outcomes, as the employee sees highly relevant and specific content.

  1. Scripted and Story-Driven Learning

Story-driven learning is a powerful training approach you can use in corporate compliance training, soft skills, and even application modeling. You can also use scripts to shape correct behavior. Similar to scripted learning, stories are a great way to create engaging learning experiences. This approach is universal and can be used for most corporate training. It is also an excellent tool for managing change or raising awareness.

  1. Forking/Integrated Decision Modeling

This is essentially an extension of script-based learning. You can create complex decision scripts to help employees develop relevant skills. Scenario travel helps employees understand the impact/consequences of their decisions, and you may have branched scenarios based on the choices students make at specific decision points. This approach helps drive sales and teach leadership development.

  1. Curated and User-Generated Content and Virtual Reality in Education

These methods provide employees with access to knowledge bases that contain relevant content and are curated by experts on specific topics and subjects. They can also be personalized and go a long way toward fostering a culture of lifelong learning. You can further enhance student participation by allowing them to contribute to the knowledge base.

Virtual reality offers a very immersive learning experience, though it is expensive to implement and has longer development cycles. However, you can use it as a small part of the overall learning process, which will lower the implementation budget and increase employee engagement.

While many companies predominantly use in-person training for each employee, a significant percentage of organizations actively use eLearning for their personnel. Over the past 5 years, there have been significant changes in how eLearning strategies transform learning and impact employee productivity.

Beck Rana is a game developer who designs and creates video games for computers and video game consoles. She also writes out ideas and concepts for characters—levels she absolutely loves.