GBL vs e-learning training

Corporate training has changed dramatically since the appearance of online or e-learning products. In-class room training has inherent disadvantages, including being time consuming (participants have to block off large amounts of time), hard to coordinate, and logistically unavailable for teams spread across geographies. Because of these disadvantages, e-learning has become a preferred, cheaper alternative that companies increasingly include in their training plans. Although e-learning courses are easier, faster and cheaper to implement, their quality, however, is generally poor and not comparable with in-class room training in terms of the learning delivered. In particular, the lack of interaction and feedback, makes e-learning products less effective.

Students are mostly exposed to theoretical content through the form of non-interactive slide shows or videos, which conclude with a test to evaluate knowledge acquisition. Completion rates for e-learning, not surprisingly, are very poor and often well below fifty percent (50%). Despite cost advantages, traditional e-learning courses have not delivered quality education or training. Online game-based learning (GBL) products, in this regard, deliver the best of both worlds for learning- and cost-effective corporate training. Game based learning is engaging, educational and motivating.

Game-based learning (GBL) gives the students the chance to put their new skills into practice at the same time they receive a personalized feedback; all without the costly need for an instructor As proof of this proposition, game-based learning (GBL) products deliver better completion rates and higher levels of employee satisfaction. Games, including video games, are an amazing tool for learning. Online simulators have being used to teach technical skills for many years, but only recently have companies considered using video games in corporate training for non-technical and soft skills development of their employees. In addition to the quality of learning delivered, employees view game-based learning as an engaging learning experience. A learning experience that is also familiar as younger-generation employees grew up playing video games. Crucially, game-based learning works and results in increased skill development and knowledge retention.

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