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How Do I Increase My Learners’ Motivation With Gamification?

By Dan Keckan published October 8, 2020

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Gamification: One Tool In Your ID Toolbox

With the growing popularity of gamification, many Instructional Designers just add points or badges to their courses with the hope of motivating their learners. Unfortunately, you can actually disengage learners because they can’t relate the purpose of the game to a desired outcome. The key to making rewards, points, and other game mechanics effective is to use them to motivate and encourage a specific behavior. They must be used for a purpose and not simply because they are fun.

What Is Gamification?

Before delving into the methodology of developing effective learning games, you need to know what gamification is, and just as importantly, what it is not.

Gamification Motivates Learners Toward Desired Behaviors

Gamification does more than add game elements to training, it intrinsically motivates learners to perform desired behaviors and complete required tasks. When training and game elements are appropriately designed and implemented, learners know what is expected of them and perform their jobs better.

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