Anyone using any gamification platforms?

My company is interested in gamification, and we have spoken with one company regarding their services.

I was wondering if anyone has used any gamification companies, platforms? Supposedly I could still use our Storyline content, but I wonder if it would be more work than it is worth to do.

We have a very seasonal workforce, so while moving to Storyline for our training has really helped, we are looking for additional ways to keep employees who are with us for a few weeks at a time engaged, learning, and wanting to return for each of our seasonal ramp-ups.

Thanks for any input you may have!

Jessica

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Bruce Graham

Jessica Huber said:

    

We have a very seasonal workforce, so while moving to Storyline for our training has really helped, we are looking for additional ways to keep employees who are with us for a few weeks at a time engaged, learning, and wanting to return for each of our seasonal ramp-ups.

Jessica


Hi Jessica,

Not wanting to be a party-pooper here, but in this case, do you not think some more tangible, objective-based, work-environment activities and focus might not be more effective than learning-games or gamification?

For staff who are only with you for a few weeks at a time, it just seems a bit like overkill to me, with the limited information that you have provided.

Bruce Graham

Just came across this article - http://info.alleninteractions.com/bid/101659/Gamification-for-e-Learning-Q-A?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+e-learning-leadership-blog+%28e-Learning+Leadership+Blog%29

Interestingly enough, at the end, they almost apologise for the term "games", saying that they are interchangeable with the terms "activities", "interactions" and "role-plays".

If that is the case then perhaps Storyline/Studio are already fully-functioning "games" platforms?

Jessica Huber

Hi Bruce... Our training already does include some such elments as you mentioned, and going forward I will be making more improvements as well.

The problem comes when a representative comes back season after season and sees the same or similiar material. Especially material from our sister company, which we don't have a lot of control over.

What I liked about the gamification platform we were shown was the social nature of it - being able to see what content others had worked on, what their score was, what badges or levels that they had earned.  I like that part alone would be incredibly helpful in motivating our representatives.

Jessica Huber

I'd appreciate any suggestions of how to incorporate a social platform with our current Storyline and IL trainings. I posed this question to see if any one else was using gamification, had other great ideas, etc. because I DON'T want our company to spend money on something shiny or fun. I want us to save money and be more effective. If gamification platforms can be effective, great, if not, that's fine too. I don't know much about such platforms admittedly, and I am a one-person training department.

Elizabeth Israel

You may want to check out the current Gamification course offered through courser presented by University of Pennsylvania.  Great discussion forums (course is free) and lots of people who have been doing this for awhile are in the course as well.  Just another information option I thought I would mention.

Jessica Huber

Nicholas - the company that has approached us said our Storyline training could be used with their platform by simply uploading the main HTML file, so no, I wouldn't build the platform. As to developing the Storyline trainings and any other pieces, yes, that is all me.

Elizabeth - thanks for the tip, I will indeed take a look!