In the last couple of years education as we know it has taken almost a full 180 degree turn. Therefore, the need to make classes more attention-grabbing and efficient at the same time has become an imperative. There are two ways that this happens in the teaching process – game-based learning and learning with gamification.
Game-based or gamification
The first one means using games to reach and teach specific learning objectives, whereas gamification is adding game-like elements to a lesson. In game-based learning usually the lesson content is adjusted to fit the game, while in gamification game-like aspects are adjusted to fit the lesson content. Game-based learning focuses on learning outcomes, while gamification uses points, badges, leaderboards, etc. in mostly non-game activities.
Both game-based learning and gamification have made an impact on education, and game-based is intended to help students meet learning goals. But the important question is how can this be done in a virtual environment?
Benefits of game-based learning
Before we answer the question ‘how’, let’s see why incorporating games in the e-curriculum is beneficial in the educational process.
There are two important points which are worth mentioning. First is that students remember the facts along with, and actually thanks to the fun and engagement they have while playing games. Second is the complete package of skills that they acquire while playing. These are: problem solving, critical thinking, following of rules, collaboration and expression.
To continue with the benefits, it also: improves student engagement, boosts creative skills, strengthens memory, stimulates attentiveness, increases and also retains attention, provides opportunities for open and natural communication.
Game-based learning could make a big difference in the beginning of the school year because it can foster class relationships and lay the basis for collaboration later on. Another important aspect is that it provides students with time to work through a problem. They get immediate feedback which helps them know how they are doing, so that they could rethink their strategy for next time. This in turn gradually creates a sense of accomplishment and builds confidence.