8 Gamification Features To Consider When Choosing Your New LMS
Gamification requires a lot of planning, organization, research, and resources. It’s not just a matter of plugging badges and leaderboards into your existing online training strategy. You need to incorporate game mechanics into every aspect of your eLearning course design to engage and motivate online learners. It all starts with an LMS that makes the implementation process easier with built-in tools and robust tracking capabilities. Consider these top 8 gamification features when choosing your new LMS.
The Learning Management System should feature badges that are eye-catching and align with your online training objectives. For example, colorful badges with a trophy icon to award to your top performers, or a hard hat to recognize the completion of your health and safety online training course. Another feature to look for is personalized badges that allow you to add your own branding and/or media. For instance, change the color scheme or integrate photos taken in the workplace.
Implementing a point-based gamification strategy is more complicated than some people might think. It’s not just a matter of awarding points for successful completion of online training activities and modules. It requires a complete overhaul of your existing eLearning course design in order to incorporate points from the ground up. For example, your corporate learners must be able to earn points for virtually every activity/accomplishment, not just an isolated activity or module. As such, you need an LMS that supports point-based mechanics and enables you to award points based on your specific criteria. Otherwise, you may end up supporting behaviors or habits that misalign with your learning objectives.
5. Interactive Progress Bars
7. Gamification Templates
8. Customization Options
Learning games are the key to unlocking maximum engagement from your online training content. Instead of subjecting your online learners to passive eLearning, learning games demand interaction at every point.
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