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Learning to Succeed

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In an age where there are more opportunities than ever available, employers must adapt their approach to recruitment and employee benefits.

It is no longer enough to provide employees with just a salary, no matter how competitive that salary may be. In fact, 80% of employees would prefer a job with additional benefits over the exact same job with no benefits but a 30% pay increase. It also makes a world of difference when potential employees know what type of workplace environment they may be entering. 

Employees feel most fulfilled in their work by learning and developing their skills. Sir Richard Branson runs his businesses by the motto: 

“Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don’t want to.”

Sir Richard Branson
Learning to succeed

One of the key elements in creating long-term success for your business is cultivating a forward-thinking attitude in employees, rather than strictly adhering to the status quo. To do this, a robust learning culture is fundamental. Learning-focused businesses are less scared to take risks and innovate, and therefore have a competitive edge in their market. Employers with a strong learning culture see improved employee performance and engagement. But a strong learning culture not only increases your current workforce, but it can also attract and retain top talent by making your company an employer of choice. 

So, how do you start to cultivate a learning culture within your workplace? Some obvious solutions are by implementing training and online courses, but it can also be as simple as examining processes and mistakes. Evaluating what works and encouraging a mindset of continuous improvement will go a long way to develop the skills of your workforce. Not being afraid of making mistakes is also key, as that’s how you know you’re taking risks and innovating. 

We at Academii have a large pool of e-Learning content that can be easily implemented into your workplace to begin building a stronger learning culture today. 

Gamification in Education & eLearning

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From your favourite coffee shop’s reward card to applications that help you meditate or learn a new language, game elements like points and leaderboards are everywhere. These techniques are often referred to as ‘gamification.’ Though often used as a fancy buzzword, many are unsure of what gamification actually entails. In this post we’ll explore what gamification is, how it is used, and why it is so effective at engaging users. 

Gamification simply put means the application of game design principles in non-games contexts, and it is increasingly used in many different areas and industries. Computer games are designed to provide engagement for users by incentivising and rewarding certain types of behaviour. By utilising these same design principles, we can make more mundane areas of life, such as buying your morning coffee or even going for a walk, more engaging and exciting. And by rewarding and reinforcing these behaviours through gamification, we can also create more formed habits. 

Three of the most common gamification elements are: 

Points 

A point system acts as a reward, telling users that they are performing the correct behaviour and reinforcing it. For example, your favourite coffee shop may have a rewards app that gives you a point every time you make a purchase. Points tell the user that they are engaging in positive behaviour and progressing towards a reward; and reinforces that behaviour with a hit of dopamine. Before they know it, a user may be buying a fancy latte every single morning or buying one for their colleague as well as themselves. 

Badges and Achievements 

Using our coffee shop example, after earning a certain number of points, users may become a VIP member or receive a free drink. These achievements act as larger rewards to keep the user engaged and motivated. 

Badges and titles such as ‘VIP’ or ‘Gold Member’ also act as a status symbol, displaying to others your dedication or skill. 

Leaderboards 

Now that users are receiving their points and rewards, they want to see where they compare to others. Leaderboards are an additional way to show off to others your skill, as well as add some healthy competition amongst users. Utilising competitiveness is a great way to add some excitement to an otherwise boring task. 

By rewarding and reinforcing these behaviours through gamification, we can also create more formed habits. 

There are many other gamification tools and techniques, such as timers and avatars, but above are just a handful of the most popular. These three all specifically add a sense of progression to a task. For many, especially those with learning difficulties like ADHD and dyslexia, adding an additional element of progression can assist in motivating them to complete tasks they otherwise may find boring or unfulfilling. 

Gamification in Education

A key industry that benefits from incorporating gamification is education, with tools like ‘Kahoot!’ creating gamified classroom experiences with timed quizzes and leader boards. Especially for those who struggle to engage with conventional classroom or worksheet-based learning, educational games and tools can open a world of new skills and knowledge. 

At Academii, our LMS utilises gamification via a points and leaderboard system, as well as unlocking badges for users based on their activity. We find these tools bring out healthy competition between learners and act as additional incentive to keep learning. 

We also create a variety of games to teach learners new workplace skills, both on our LMS and using virtual reality. You can learn more about learning via games and our VR products on the Academii blog. 

What is Augmented Reality? 

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You’ve probably seen those big headsets that transport users into new and exciting worlds. That’s virtual reality (VR), and it’s becoming more and more popular and accessible in both entertainment and training industries.

What you may not be familiar with is augmented reality (AR), the cousin to VR. Even if you’re aware of what AR is, you may be surprised at just how prevalent it is, and the great uses it to can have in entertainment and learning. 

What is Augmented Reality?

Imagine a spectrum where our reality (aka the real world) is on the far left, and virtual reality is on the far right. In the middle is augmented reality. 

Augmented reality blends the real world with virtual elements. One of the most popular examples of AR is Pokémon Go, which overlays virtual creatures onto your real-life surroundings using the camera on your smartphone. 

Snapchat and TikTok filters are another everyday use of augmented reality. Digital filters can both overlay and alter your face using the camera on your phone. 

Why use Augmented Reality? 

Though the most well-known uses of augmented reality are within the entertainment sector, industries such as manufacturing and healthcare can benefit hugely from AR via training and upskilling. 

Where VR is excellent for bringing the user into an entirely new world (great training for dangerous environments, such as fire safety), AR can be great for when the learner needs to see something new within their real-life environment. 

For example, workers can use AR technology to investigate and solve issues with complex machinery remotely, or even train new staff in how the technology works, saving on the cost of bringing in specialists. This also removes some of the danger in people directly handling complex and dangerous machines. 

Both AR and VR are excellent tools for training and learning, both with different pros and cons. AR applications can usually be accessed using just a smartphone, meaning it can be more accessible and cheaper than investing in a VR headset. Also, where VR is excellent for bringing the user into an entirely new world (great training for dangerous environments, such as fire safety), AR can be great for when the learner needs to see something new within their real-life environment. 

Hopefully now you’re a bit more familiar with augmented reality, its uses and how it differs from virtual reality. At Academii, we’re always looking for new tools to improve the learner experience. 

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