One of the unique and positive aspects of gamified learning is its ability to make learning easier for a wide array of clients. From CEOs to brand-new employees, the cornerstone of gamification for learning is the same. While many of our blogs focus on the beneficial relationship between a successful, dedicated business model and gamified learning strategies, today we’ll get outside the box a bit and explore how gamification can be just as effective in a more academic and educational setting. Some of our best clients are both instructors and students. Below we’ll explain how gamification can enhance the EQ of educational clients and why that’s so important
EQ in Education
We’ve often shared why we believe EQ (emotional intelligence) is an indispensable asset in business, often increasing loyalty, participation, empathy, and overall morale in the workplace. But that dynamic is not singular to the business world. In fact, it is just as alive and well in schools and other student-teacher settings all over the world. While on the surface IQ might seem paramount to achieving quality academic performance, in reality, the extent of its value is highly dependent on EQ.
You see, similar to the partnership structures of a business, the relationship between an instructor and a student requires a willingness to engage with one another under pretenses of trust and community. Only a strong command and display of EQ can achieve this. In other words, both an instructor and their student could have an unusually high IQ, but a high EQ is what will create the channel for learning and the comingling of those IQs to happen.
Given the technology-saturated moment we find ourselves living in, it should come as little surprise that a lot of students already play video games, either on their phones or at their homes. From this, it should follow that incorporating game mechanics into the classroom is a fantastic method for increasing the productivity of a class. Here are a few ways that gamified learning can help students:
By Increasing Overall Engagement
Studies show that students are more likely to learn effectively if you are using a reward system. Badges, points, rankings, or checkpoints help translate the work the student is completing into a tangible benefit. By increasing engagement, you’ll also see a rise in learning retention as students will be able to relate to the content easier through practice than just reading or watching a lecture.
By Creating Classroom Enthusiasm
Gamification can be used to promote feelings of enthusiasm towards the subject matter, especially in subjects that students struggle with. By creating a gamified system with rewards and team-building measures, students will find themselves enjoying the classroom experience far more.
By Providing Instant Feedback
Most gamification systems generate instantaneous feedback, which students can use to see where they stand among their peers. This information can push a student to try the quiz or activity again to get higher placement and creates motivation for further lesson engagement.
By Augmenting Social Dynamics
Fostering interaction between students can sometimes be quite difficult. Gamified classrooms help students who have trouble with social interaction and give them a reason to work together. This is especially true if you create team competitions that require students to collaborate on challenges and see their work as a communal endeavor as opposed to an individual one.
The pros of gamified learning that we’ve illustrated above are certainly as beneficial to instructors as they are to students. Beyond those, perhaps the most fundamental trait of a good instructor is, paradoxically, a willingness to learn from students. Yes, the instructor’s job may be to be there to guide and bestow knowledge and expertise, but if they are not willing to grow with their students and show it, it’s unlikely the students will respond to lessons and instructions with anything but contempt. Gamification, and it’s a direct correlation to increased EQ, is a fantastic way to help instructors feel more empathetic towards their students and see their worth as both students and teachers. A healthy two-way street dynamic like this will go a long way in building a more motivated classroom environment where everyone feels valued for their time and effort.
Thinking about Gamifying Your Classroom? Semagie is Here to Help
The benefits of gamified shouldn’t be exclusive to the boardroom. Let Semagie enliven your classroom with our highly effective emotional intelligence training programs. With decades of combined experience in cultivating and delivering ground-breaking training, we are eager to help you make your classroom a more immersive and engaging space. To learn more about our live, game-based, and blended learning training services, contact us at (305) 853-9082.
If you’ve taken even a moment to browse our website or this blog, you’ve likely come across the term “gamified learning”, alternatively known as “gamification”. While the phrase might sound complex and indicating some kind of expertise as a requisite to understand it, gamified learning is actually a quite simple concept. Below, we provide a clear definition of what it is, how its implementation into both the personal and business worlds can help you achieve your goals, and show how our experts at Semagie can make that happen.
As our society evolves and shifts in the midst of a great expansion of universally available mass technology, the act of teaching has been under significant pressure to adapt and respond in accordance. Since the new millennium, a number of approaches have been offered by practitioners to answer this challenge. Gamified learning is one of these.
In opposition to banal chalkboards and didactic monologues, Gamified learning is the process of integrating game mechanics and rules into a business, community, classroom, or other collective entity as a means of increase motivation, participation, engagement, and loyalty. Gamification takes the data-driven techniques that game designers use to engage players, and applies them to non-game experiences to motivate actions that can ultimately add value to your business. In essence, is it is the introduction of game elements in a non-game situation.
Gamification vs Games
One common mistake that individuals make when they first learn about gamified learning is to equate its introduction into the business atmosphere with introducing a game. There are, however, distinctions between game-based learning (GBL) and gamified learning. In GBL, a leader often uses a literal board, card or video game right out of the box. Its distinct rules are followed and thus, in GBL, playing the game means learning whatever it is the specific game is designed to teach. In contrast, gamified learning platforms amplify the effect of an existing, core experience by applying the motivational techniques that make games so engaging in general. It is not so much bringing a new game into the board-room as it is highlighting the ways that board-room dynamics mimic game mechanics, and bringing that connection to the surface to better build community, competition, and solidarity within your firm.
How Can It Help?
Having a clearer sense for what gamified learning is, you might now be wondering how employing it produces results. The bottom line here is, given the ways it can generate higher engagement, studies have proven that successful application of a gamification model into a company has greatly increased the overall emotional intelligence quotient (EG) of a business. A business with a high EQ mean is more likely to be a business filled with personable people who command both inter-personal and business-centered mentalities. It’s nearly impossible to argue a team populated by that kind of person is not desirable.
In addition, Employee engagement is firmly linked to key business outcomes. Properly-engaged employees can save companies. Studies show that properly engaged employees often double their company’s customer satisfaction rates.
Perhaps one of the most fundamental benefits of gamified learning is that it places emphasis on the activities and actions that make up the business, rather than the results.
When properly designed and implemented, gamification leverages the motivations for feedback, rewards and achievements, and inspires employees and leaders alike to become better and better every day.
Gamify with Semagie
It’s time to become the change you want to see in the world, Let the game-based Emotional Intelligence Training services at Semagie get you there. We have years of combined experience and are keen to help you make the world a better place. To learn more about our live, gamified education services, call (305) 853-9082 or visit us online.