FACT: Games Improve Retention
Game dynamics (gamification) motivate students, increasing their effort and developing their knowledge, thanks to practice.
The Federation of American Scientists "A Meta-Analytical Examination of the Instructional Effectiveness of Computer-Based Simulation Games" (2001, Tracy Sitzman)
Feedback to the Learner
Learners want and need feedback on their performance. Games give them immediate feedback on the quality of their input - their successes and their errors. With the appropriate corrective feedback, this can become an invaluable learning opportunity.
Feedback to the Trainer
Games create a practice field where learners interact with the topic, demonstrating their knowledge and ability to apply the information. By observing this real-time demonstration, the trainer can adjust the subsequent level of lecture, readings and interventions, accordingly.
A Less threatening Learning Environment
Because the game format is playful, the inherent challenge of the material, even new or difficult material, is less threatening. During game play, seemingly difficult questions and scenarios are "just part of the game". And, teachers can use the window following classroom responses to build a bridge between the topic and the learner.
Games allow you to compress your topic and demonstrates learning into shorter periods of time, accelerating the speed of learning. The visual presentation, oral interactions, and active participation of game play appeals to all of the learning styles (visual, auditory and kinesthetic), involving both the rational and experiential mind that helps players remember what they have learned.
Get in the Game!
A quick glance will show you a Pass, Fail or Incomplete status for each participant. Dig a little deeper and find out exactly how each user answered by viewing the details: there you will see the user's response for each question, making it easy to know what they know. You can also download the data file as a spreadsheet.
Connect with your students and get them actively interested, engaged and learning.
Reinforce new and old material through the use of exciting training games.
Evaluate what your students know while keeping them focused and motivated.