"Tell me, and I'll forget. Show me, and I may remember. Involve me, and I'll understand." – Chinese proverb.
Play, artistic creation, creativity, and evolutionary human development have been closely allied since eons. In fact, games have always been a part of history. There was no division between play and work as there was no concept of work – the art of hunting & gathering relied upon opportunity presenting itself, intercepting the prey, working collaboratively to search for food, were all engaging activities. The behaviors associated with these activities have laid the foundation for exploration, intuition, improvisation, and eventually adaptation.
And today, the corporate world recognizes the importance of well-designed games that helps achieve specific learning goals. At Tata Interactive Systems, our instructional design methodology is built around the concept of Play, Practice, Perfect. We encourage higher engagement through Play, higher skills and higher retention through practice, and higher efficiency through Perfection. Our approach to Game Based Learning involves designing games with business rules/needs at the core, with a game layer that governs the game, players’ actions, the game’s reaction, and the final outcome. The result is a workforce of highly motivated learners who engage with and practice applying problem-solving skills.
Moreover, the plethora of gaming applications that we can put into the marketplace today is infinite. From the service sectors to industrial and manufacturing spaces, the opportunity for employees to learn concepts, rules, regulations, best practices & train on all things relevant to their firms, is tremendous. And with smartphones and tablet penetration increasing across global markets, the opportunity to reach and connect with people is immense. This allows institutions like ours to remain attuned and poised to exploit lucrative opportunities in the market whenever they present themselves.
Read Play at Work to know what is effective in game-based learning and why does it work?