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30Aug2017

Benefits of Gamification in Learning and Instruction

 

Games and studies should never be mixed 

The famous notion that we all have been fed with in our growing years was busted in the recent years, with the introduction of games, video or any other, into classrooms. Introduction of gaming into education has been found to make the learning process easier. Also, incorporating elements of gamification learning into instructional tools seems to have more of benefits than disadvantages.

What other benefits does gamification offer? Let’s see:

Positive attitude towards learning

There are many subjects that students are usually not fond of. Mathematics tops the list for its repetitive formulae and problems. Some students who have a liking for the subject will easily get through while the others will have to struggle their way throughout their student years. However, gamification in learning makes things better for the students. Games help to improve students’ interest towards the subjects they find boring and soon, they’ll see themselves being motivated and positively inclined towards the subjects.

Improved Attention Span

Remember how hard it used to be for us to concentrate through 30-45 minutes of long boring lectures? Well, gamification learning puts an end to the boredom while enhancing students’ attention span. It also helps the students to stay confident and be independent. When teachers show courage to let their students learn things on their own, it helps to build a strong student-teacher relationship. 

Reduced Disruptive Behaviour

Not all kids are the same. There may be a bunch of smart students in the classroom; but then, there may be another bunch who may be struggling with learning disorders or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Usually, such students are mistaken for deliberately creating havoc in the classroom and therefore, are ignored or punished. Studies reveal that including games into learning helps lessen disruptive behaviours in students and provides a better learning environment for ADHD children. There are games designed particularly for such students that help them to control their breathing and heart rate and thereby, help them behave better in classrooms.

Improved Student Thought Process 

Including games in studies helps the students to have a better understanding of what they learn. Apart from that, game-centric learning also helps to sharpen their skills. When teachers introduce game based lessons in classrooms, it contributes to the growth and development of students in a mature and healthy way.  Students learn to make decisions, apply logic and utilize their survival skills, and to come up with innovative ideas. All these will contribute to the development of students as individuals besides academics.

Better Communication Skills

The visual and audio elements of games stay longer in the students’ minds than the content of textbooks. Therefore, introduction of games in learning right from preschool years enhances the students’ ability to communicate and socialize. It also gives the students an opportunity to learn new languages.

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