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The Gamification of Learning as an Educational Approach

The Gamification of Learning as an Educational Approach


February 10, 2021

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By Jillian Babbel, SAP Digital Commerce
“The SAP Litmos platform makes it simpler to fit learning and upskilling into my week. Many of the courses are short, ‘biteable’ chunks and presented in an engaging and interactive way to make learning more enjoyable.” – P&N Bank Employee
Corporate training is often seen as a burdensome task requiring additional effort. Mandatory trainings, such as those on compliance or data protection, are often done as fast as possible without paying attention to the content. People often associate training with school and don’t want to “waste” their time while they could be doing their tasks at work. In actuality, training is a good way to make employees better at their jobs and improve their professional skills. Making trainings mandatory will increase participation, but the motivation is needed to actually ensure the learning happens. Employees need the push of inner strength that motivation brings in order to seek out and absorb the information available.
How Do You Motivate Learners to Participate in Training?
A simple trick can help to make learning more attractive for employees: activating the ambitious play instinct, as it is known that competition fires up motivation. This approach is called gamification – the integration of playful elements into a non-playful context. Playful elements can increase the fun factor in learning and drive employees to complete e-learning activities without a hassle. There are endless reasons why integrating gamification software into corporate learning programs is valuable. In fact, gamification training features are said to increase employee engagement by 60% and enhance productivity by up to 50%. 83% of learners who receive gamified training feel motivated, while 61% of those who don’t report being bored. Seen from an operational perspective, 87% of employees say that gamification would make them more productive, further underlining the potential in the workplace. Moreover, by 2025, 75% of the global workforce will be made up of millennials – a generation that grew up on computers and video games. Hence, gamification in the workplace will find wider appeal with millennial employees.
Incorporating Learning Management Solutions
Implementing a successful e-learning program is necessary to achieve the company’s goals regarding their customers, partners and employees. A Learning Management System (LMS) provides a custom solution to each client based on their challenges and business requirements. It must be easy to use, simple, and user friendly in order to ensure a seamless integration and adoption among users. Additionally, a LMS should offer different integrations, like e-commerce integrations, to spread the learning programs through to customers and partners.
SAP Litmos offers a powerful, robust LMS covering all the basic needs while providing a multitude of options to shape the e-learning strategy individually. The solution enables targeted learning, boosts employee experience and loyalty, and protects the brand by keeping the organization compliant. With a library of off-the-shelf courses, engagement features, and built-in reporting and analytics, businesses have every tool needed to develop, manage, and extend world-class training to employees, partners, customers and beyond. The solution enables businesses to provide engaging, relevant learning to stakeholders anytime and on any device, positively influencing the performance that strengthens the entire organization.
Gamified Elements to Increase Learner Engagement and Motivation
Integrating game elements to activities generates engaged and committed learners driven by intrinsic motivation. People seek higher rewards, status, achievements and competition as predisposed by nature. In a learning environment, this can be accomplished with several elements like points, achievements, badges, certifications and leaderboards. Integrating the above in a LMS, such as SAP Litmos, is useful to create a unique, interactive, participative and fun online training where the user is motivated to achieve their goals and improve their knowledge. By disregarding this approach, companies run the risk of allowing learning programs to get monotonous, which leads to disinterest amongst employees, partners and customers.
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