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In this issue we are offering you 5 ways to promote game-based learning for new managers.
Games and simulations have been used for many years as a training method for various professions, including managers. By immersing trainees in a simulated environment, they can learn and practice skills without the risk of real-world consequences. This type of training can be especially beneficial for new managers who may not have much practical experience yet.
Here are some ways to promote games and simulations as a training method for new managers.
Highlight the benefits of game-based learning
When promoting games and simulations as a training method, it's essential to highlight the benefits that this type of learning can provide. Game-based learning allows trainees to learn through trial and error, providing immediate feedback and enabling them to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Games and simulations can also provide a safe environment for trainees to practice new skills without the risk of real-world consequences. One of the main reasons why people often imitate behaviours at work is because they don’t want to take risks. Taking risks in a consequence-free environment is a great way for people to learn.
Provide examples of successful game-based training
Providing examples of successful game-based training programs can help convince others of the effectiveness of this approach. Case studies and success stories can help demonstrate how games and simulations can teach various management skills, such as decision-making, communication, and leadership. Please feel free to reach out to me if you need a case study for your next presentation.
Collaborate with game developers and training experts
Collaborating with game developers and training experts can help ensure that the games and simulations used for training are of high quality and meet the specific needs of new managers. By working with these professionals, you can develop games that are engaging, effective, and aligned with the learning objectives. This collaboration can also help create a strong partnership between the training team and the game development team, which can lead to more effective training programs in the future. One of the differentiators for our business is that we approach development from a gamer’s perspective. We know what will work in terms of visuals, digital expectations and gameplay. If we get that right we can incorporate the learning afterwards.
Involve trainees in the development process
Involving trainees in the development process can help ensure that the games and simulations are relevant and engaging for them. By asking for their feedback and input, you can create games that are more closely aligned with their needs and preferences. This involvement can also increase trainees' motivation to participate in the training program and enhance their sense of ownership over their learning experience. Our development cycle never ends. We are constantly releasing updates to our games to ensure they are as close to what the user’s need as possible.
Integrate game-based learning with other training methods
Integrating game-based learning with other training methods can help create a more comprehensive and effective training program. For example, combining games and simulations with classroom training, mentoring, or coaching can help reinforce key concepts and skills. It can also provide opportunities for trainees to apply what they have learned in a real-world context, which can enhance the transfer of learning. Overall, finding ways to incorporate gaming to staff development outside of formal training environments will help make the whole thing work a little better.
In conclusion, games and simulations can be an effective training method for new managers. By highlighting the benefits of game-based learning, providing examples of successful programs, collaborating with experts, involving trainees in the development process, and integrating game-based learning with other training methods, you can promote this approach and help new managers develop the skills they need to succeed.
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