Game-based training

Game-based training wird seit Jahrhunderten für die Wissensvermittlung angewendet. Die frühesten Beispiele für Game-Based-Training wurden für die Ausarbeitung von Szenarien-Planung in der militärischen Strategieausbildung im Mittelalter angewandt. Eine einfache Definition von Game-Based-Training ist die Wissensvermittlung in der Form eines Spieles. Das Spiel zeichnet sich dabei durch die Anwendung von verschiedenen Szenarien und Herausforderung aus und kreiert dabei eine positive Erfahrung.

Some clues as to why game-based training is so beneficial can be found in most recent cognitive science.

Game-based training and cognitive science

Current cognitive science identifies some key strategies on how to maximize knowledge acquisition and retention.

One key learning is that the most durable training requires effort.

Learning is strenuous and time consuming

But why is that? Why does learning have to be hard and time consuming? Every time you learn something new your brain must change anatomically by creating new neural connections. Your brain stores your learnings, memories and knowledge and each time something new is added it needs to change. This is hard, requires effort and unfortunately does not get easier the older we grow.

Strategies to assimilate knowledge more effectively

Cognitive science however presents us with two key strategies that can support making the learning journey much more effective.
Retrieving your newly acquired knowledge is key to retaining it.

Strategy 1: Retrieving new knowledge

There are three ways that knowledge retrieval can be practiced:

    1. Personal reflection.

Personal reflection on the retrieved knowledge or recalling the knowledge from memory.

    1. Test your knowledge.

Besides measuring your learning performance testing is one of the most successful ways to make you retrieve and retain knowledge.

    1. Repeated retrieval of your knowledge.

Repeated retrieval like repeated personal reflection or testing situations makes your memories more durable.

Strategy 2: Elaborate your new knowledge – build on your associative memory

By transferring newly acquired knowledge in one context enables you to apply that knowledge in a different context. This elaboration helps you truly understand the subject matter and is key to connecting the new teaching to knowledge you already have. There are three ways you can practice elaboration successfully:

There are three ways you can practice elaboration successfully:

    1. Elaboration in a team or study group

Discussions on the newly acquired knowledge with people in the same training allows you to understand the areas you are not sure about and creates a memory and emotions you can connect the knowledge to.

    1. Practically apply the knowledge to solve a problem

Just try to figure it out, if you make mistakes on the way do not worry as this only improves the effectiveness of learning and retention.

    1. Mix it up.

Mix up what you learn, the more you mix up different content and try to apply it to solve a problem the more successfully the knowledge is retained.

The success of the game-based training application is achieved through incorporating the outlined strategies into the training design. Most effective game-based training methods incorporate all strategies:

Wie mit intelligenten Strategien das Lernen erleichtert werden kann.

Emotionen als Katalysator, um sich die Inhalte langfristig zu merken

Besides incorporating the key learning strategies outlined above, game-based training creates, by its playfulness, creating positive emotions that help the participants to achieve the learning goals more easily. It has been observed that in game-based training settings the participants frequently enter the state of “flow” due to the captivating nature of the training. This allows them to maximize the learning effect during the time allocated to the training while enjoying the experience.

Game-Based-Training erhöht die Trainingseffektivität.

Summary: Maximize your learning effectiveness through game-based training

Game-Based-Training erzeugt Erlebnisse und Erinnerungen, die es erlauben, neues Wissen nachhaltig zu erlernen. Schlüsselfaktoren zur Nachhaltigkeit sind die positiven Emotionen, welche durch das spielerische Element erzeugt werden und die Einbeziehung der diskutierten Lernstrategien in das Design des Game-Based-Trainings.