One of the unique and positive aspects of gamified learning is its ability to make learning easier for a wide array of clients. From CEOs to brand-new employees, the cornerstone of gamification for learning is the same. While many of our blogs focus on the beneficial relationship between a successful, dedicated business model and gamified learning strategies, today we’ll get outside the box a bit and explore how gamification can be just as effective in a more academic and educational setting. Some of our best clients are both instructors and students. Below we’ll explain how gamification can enhance the EQ of educational clients and why that’s so important
EQ in Education
We’ve often shared why we believe EQ (emotional intelligence) is an indispensable asset in business, often increasing loyalty, participation, empathy, and overall morale in the workplace. But that dynamic is not singular to the business world. In fact, it is just as alive and well in schools and other student-teacher settings all over the world. While on the surface IQ might seem paramount to achieving quality academic performance, in reality, the extent of its value is highly dependent on EQ.
You see, similar to the partnership structures of a business, the relationship between an instructor and a student requires a willingness to engage with one another under pretenses of trust and community. Only a strong command and display of EQ can achieve this. In other words, both an instructor and their student could have an unusually high IQ, but a high EQ is what will create the channel for learning and the comingling of those IQs to happen.
Given the technology-saturated moment we find ourselves living in, it should come as little surprise that a lot of students already play video games, either on their phones or at their homes. From this, it should follow that incorporating game mechanics into the classroom is a fantastic method for increasing the productivity of a class. Here are a few ways that gamified learning can help students:
By Increasing Overall Engagement
Studies show that students are more likely to learn effectively if you are using a reward system. Badges, points, rankings, or checkpoints help translate the work the student is completing into a tangible benefit. By increasing engagement, you’ll also see a rise in learning retention as students will be able to relate to the content easier through practice than just reading or watching a lecture.
By Creating Classroom Enthusiasm
Gamification can be used to promote feelings of enthusiasm towards the subject matter, especially in subjects that students struggle with. By creating a gamified system with rewards and team-building measures, students will find themselves enjoying the classroom experience far more.
By Providing Instant Feedback
Most gamification systems generate instantaneous feedback, which students can use to see where they stand among their peers. This information can push a student to try the quiz or activity again to get higher placement and creates motivation for further lesson engagement.
By Augmenting Social Dynamics
Fostering interaction between students can sometimes be quite difficult. Gamified classrooms help students who have trouble with social interaction and give them a reason to work together. This is especially true if you create team competitions that require students to collaborate on challenges and see their work as a communal endeavor as opposed to an individual one.
The pros of gamified learning that we’ve illustrated above are certainly as beneficial to instructors as they are to students. Beyond those, perhaps the most fundamental trait of a good instructor is, paradoxically, a willingness to learn from students. Yes, the instructor’s job may be to be there to guide and bestow knowledge and expertise, but if they are not willing to grow with their students and show it, it’s unlikely the students will respond to lessons and instructions with anything but contempt. Gamification, and it’s a direct correlation to increased EQ, is a fantastic way to help instructors feel more empathetic towards their students and see their worth as both students and teachers. A healthy two-way street dynamic like this will go a long way in building a more motivated classroom environment where everyone feels valued for their time and effort.
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