As we all know video games have become especially popular with the younger generations (Y, Z etc.), including mine (X) of society. As those regular readers of my blog would know, I believe that games help users problem solve in situations that we’re not normally familiar with. This is especially true of modern games. These have evolved to levels in which users are not just toying around with a joystick or gamepad and controlling a single character like I used to play in the 80s, but are multitasking, balancing strategies and solving complex problems, all while communicating with other players, either via chat or voice through the Internet. Game guru, Gabe Zichermann at a recent game conference I went to showed how games can boost learning engagement. He mentioned three reasons why they’re effective: those being “feedback, friends and fun.”
Now, anyone who’s spent time reading my blog is likely to already know how I like to mix game mechanics and learning. Those that have been in the e-learning world or even just internet world, have probably heard the term “gamification” been used a lot. In fact, just recent I recently at work did a talk on it and got a few ears pricking up. In my research for the talk, I learned how Deloitte also uses badges and points to reward employees who take courses in its online learning portal. Deloitte also made the practice competitive by adding a leaderboard, so all participants could see where they stacked up in relation to their peers. I think Gabe would be proud, fun, friends and feedback, shown very well indeed. I would love to work with a company that would embrace these current trends in learning and adding game mechanics as I have been a big gamer from way back and with my Instructional Design background, I could integrate many different sorts of interactions which would work with learning and linking to pedagogy.
Can you believe I’ve rambled about games, elearning, webstuff and stuff on my life so many times?! I do just want to take a moment and thank all my readers for sticking with me these past two hundred posts. I truly cannot express how much you all mean to me; your comments brighten my day and it’s been a true pleasure getting to know more of you and becoming blogging buddies. What’s to come in the next 100 odd posts?! To tell you the truth, I hope it’s more about the cool stuff I am researching into now (yes more game based learning and scenario training etc.). I’m glad this blog proves I can be good at my research and expressing my thoughts when I set my mind to it. Thank you all for reading over the last 11 years. There will be plenty more posts to come.