Game-based learning is a new approach that has been successful across a variety of learners – from high-school and college students. It is now being increasingly adopted for corporate learners as well.
There are many strategies that can be adopted when developing game-based learning. This learning is one of the new ways that increases the effectiveness of games in learning.
Learning can be made ‘motion-aware’ or ‘motion-based’ with the help of motion-sensing technology, like Kinect in Xbox 360. Here are a few strategies of making game based learning motion based:
- The motion of the learner can be studied, while the learning process is in progress, and inferences can be made accordingly. For instance, using the Eye-Tracking feature it can be deduced if the learner has enough focus or is getting distracted frequently. Similarly, Facial expressions and Head positions can also be studied and a true measure of learner engagement can be formed. This will enable us to modify learning environment or learning content and suit it according to the preferences of the learner.
- Learners can get an opportunity to practice physical skills or nuances needed in their line of work through physical exercises that can be inserted into the learning activity – for example a set of physical movements or the optimum speed, force or pressure required for a particular task.
- The learning environment can mimic real-life responses as per the learners’ progress through the course and provide authentic experiences in a simulated environment.
- The level of difficulty or the context can also be adjusted as per the learner’s response.
- Special needs of different trainees can also be understood by motion-sensing through gestures or voice recognition. The learning environment can then align to the needs of the learner for increased effectiveness.
There are many benefits and can be utilized to create training activities for different learning needs:
Motion-based learning for the Sales Function: In absence of an actual instructor, they can be conducted to impart various skills necessary for sales personnel. These include communication skills, body language, posture, facial expressions, finesse in presentation and so on. With real-time feedback, these trainings would provide the learners multiple tries to perfect the skill. They could also create a simulated environment with real-life scenarios to practice the skills as well.
Motion-based learning for the Operations Function: Functioning and operating machines can be learnt through motion-based learning – providing the learner a life-like experience in a stress-free simulated platform. Complex procedures like medical surgeries can also be practiced and perfected using the technology. Safety operations training that require long hours in the field can be learnt in the simulated environment and can be revised whenever and wherever the learner feels the need.
Motion-based learning for Human Resources: Motion-based courses can be extensively used for recruiting by providing life-like immersive scenarios and judging the prospective employees on their response. This would provide a true evaluation of the capabilities of the prospective employee and help the HR team to align him or her to the best suited role in the organization. Induction programs could also benefit from motion-based learning through a virtual exploration of the organization or orientation for a foreign location.
Motion-based learning for Special Needs within an organization: Training courses for differently-abled employees could also be developed with motion-sensing technology where the course would align itself to suit the special needs of the learner. For instance, motion-based trainings can recognize hand-gestures to align a particular course to a sign-language interface to suit a differently-abled learner. Employee wellness programs that include physical activities and competitive events can also be motion-based.
Motion-based learning is an emerging way of learning that is sure to develop monumentally in the coming years. Adopting it to suit your learning needs would warrant a close inspection of the pros and cons – do share your thought on it.