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Online Game-based Learning Develops Confident Employees.


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1/19/2013
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Do you remember the old adage “practice makes perfect?” While perfection isn’t often our goal, the value of practice in mastering a new skill cannot be underestimated. The more we practice, the more confident and effective we become. 

According to instructional design expert Barbara Seels, "Practice is the most important ingredient of effective instruction; it speeds up learning, aids long-term retention, and facilitates recall. Instruction is less effective when there is no opportunity to perform the task or when practice is delayed."

The likelihood that a learner will attempt to apply a new skill back on the job post-training has much to do with their confidence level in their ability to correctly use those skills. We all know what confidence is, but I think the definition that relates best to what we hope to accomplish through training is this one: “the faith or belief that one will act in a right, proper, or effective way.”

 

Confidence is fueled by the growing conviction during training that the new behaviors will make us more effective or successful in our job, and that we have mastered those skills to the point where we know we can perform them correctly as part of our responsibilities.

 

Research shows that game-based elearning is extremely effective in building confidence due to the following characteristics of the learning: 

 

  • Maximized skill practice time versus traditional training.
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  • Versatility in the new skills by applying them in varied types of scenarios.
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  • Specific, individualized remediation received during the game.
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  • The competition with colleagues.
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  • Rewards and recognition earned as the game progresses.
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  • Being challenged as the game scenarios become increasingly complex, and developing the ability to meet those challenges.
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Contact us today by calling (888) 725-GAME and ask one of our Game Changers how our programs can help develop confident employees. Or send an email to info@gameonlearning.com to request more information.



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Bryan Austin
Chief Game Changer and Founder of GameOn! Learning

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