Why game-based learning activities for adults are worth it
We developed our training games knowing that game-based learning activities have great benefits for adults. The main reasons why we use gamification in our trainings are detailed below.
1. Individuals of all ages like to play and voluntarily spend a lot of time doing it
People play games for socializing, stress relief, and plain having fun. They find enjoyment in being in the flow state, completely absorbed by their activity.
A 2020 study from Limelight shows that the average person spends 6 hours and 20 minutes each week playing video games. The same study states that almost half of the online gaming community (age 18 and up) is over 46 years old. As for board games, 68% of players are enjoying at least one game per week.
For all game types, excluding people who don’t play at all, the numbers add to around 2 hours daily.
2. They can be played individually or collaboratively
The same Limelight study reveals that globally, casual single player video games, as Candy Crush or Spider Solitaire, are the most popular. Second are shooter games as Call of Duty, and Overwatch.
Board games are more collaborative. Based on a study in UK, around 95% of people are playing them with friends, family, or acquaintances.
3. Games have a positive impact on mental health
Another study of over 1600 players examined the use of games as a tool for stress recovery. Results showed that we indeed use games as a coping tool after exposure to stressful situations. During the pandemic, surveyed gamers said that this playing was actively lowering their anxiety in lockdown.
4. They offer immediate results and feedback
It is more encouraging for individuals to learn from their mistakes right away than receiving a feedback days later. Feedback in a game context is instant and you can standardize it to allow comparisons.
5. Games in general are developing skills, as strategic thinking, creativity, communication, and teamwork.
Even chess, a game that was not purposely designed for teaching, develops strategic thinking for its avid players. Any collaborative game shows people that the outcome is positive when you act together and communicate effectively. But it also punishes you when you don’t show good teamwork skills.
Designing a game-based learning activity for adults based on desired learning outcomes gives players an opportunity to learn better, regardless of the subject.
Game-based learning activities provide content that challenge individuals to concentrate in order to arrive at solutions.
Combining learning with games, either online or board-game type, guarantees that people will pay more attention to the learning process and will be more involved. The immediate feedback received will show them what is the better way of doing things. And if it makes them think, it will help them learn better and develop their skills.
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