Switching back my memory at the school time, the teacher was dominant in the class, gave lectures, raised questions and then answered. The students listened, took note, not many activities and almost no motivation. Time is flying. Currently, the class or learning management system (LMS) is designed with different methods. Gamification is becoming increasingly effective in learning management system because of its benefits and advantages. LMS gamification is a wide range of aspects but in this blog, I will show you the benefits of gamification in learning management system
I. LMS gamification- definition:
According to Wikipedia, “Gamification is the use of game thinking and game mechanics in non-game contexts to engage users in solving problems and increase users’ contributions. Gamification has been studied and applied in several domains, with some of the main purposes being to engage (improve user engagement, physical exercise, return on investment flow, data quality, timeliness), teach (in classrooms, the public or at work), entertain (enjoyment, fan loyalty), measure (for recruiting and employee evaluation), and to improve the perceived ease of use of information systems. A review of research on gamification shows that a majority of studies on gamification find positive effects from gamification”.
II. Benefits of LMS gamification
In order to understand benefits of LMS gamification, I will under list how game elements (gamification techniques) are applied in learning management system and which benefits will they bring to the Elearning learners.
1. LMS gamification- improving knowledge absorption and understanding of students
Old teaching method brought students plenty of theory but they did not know how to apply in the real life since they could not put their roles in those theory. Meanwhile, the Elearning learners could be part of a narrative (so- called interactive fiction) in LMS gamification where they can stimulate environments, play their roles in issues, situations. From these absorbed experiences, they can handle their real problems easier which they might face in daily activities. On the other hand, LMS gamification is applying the technique of progressing to different level. It means that the Elearning learners will go steps by steps in learning management system. They themselves have to investigate courses and lessons and then naturally, knowledge will be absorbed. It is a fact that learners recall just 10% of what they read, 20% of what they hear. If there are visuals accompanying an oral presentation, the number rises to 30%, and if they observe someone carrying an action while explaining it, 50% but leaners remember 90% if they do the job themselves even if only as a simulation.
2. LMS gamification- creating challenges
The score system gamification technique is being used effectively in LMS gamification because the Elearning learners will clearly recognize where are they standing in the course. Beside that leaderboard gamification technique (introduce a sense of competition) is also a smart technique of LMS gamification. What shall you do if you know that you are the last person in the point system and you are standing behind other learners in one course? Definitely you will move forwards to investigate or study the course harder to improve your position in the score list and then challenges are created among learners in LMS gamification. It is researched that almost Elearning learners would be more engaged and challenged with an eLearning application if there is score system available.
3. LMS gamification- Increasing learners engagement
Gamification in learning management system can help eLearning teacher/ instructor to improving their learners engagement with mission and gift or award gamification technique that fully engage their learners. Gamification holds their attention and motivates them, given that they are dealing with missions to reach a goal. When Elearning learners feel positive about their learning process and know that they are going to be accomplished and rewarded in some ways for their efforts, then they will be no longer passive observers and turn into active participants. They even do not recognize that they are absorbing knowledge. By doing so, they are able to effectively get the information and bring it to the long-term memory, because the knowledge itself is linked to the favorable experience you’ve provided through gamification in eLearning.
4. LMS gamification- bringing an interesting learning environment
Game is designed with continuous movements, actions and missions and as a result, players could not take their eyes off the game. It is also similar with LMS gamification in eLearning which is created with plenty of activities. The Elearning learners will feel interesting to study because they can overcome, conquer missions. They almost have no stress since they are busying with entertaining fun.
Now you have understood benefits of LMS gamification. Learning will be the most effective if it is like a game. Why don’t you think about building gamification WordPress LMS plugins or themes for your customers.