How game-based learning is revolutionising corporate training

Traditional approaches to corporate training rely on knowledge transfer, expecting learners to move from theory to applied practice on their own.

Surgeons, pilots, astronauts and firefighters on the other hand have long relied on simulation training to prepare for success. Why? Because practice makes perfect when it’s critical to get it right the first time.

Does critical decision-making that impacts your business
deserve any less rigour?
Why sink or swim when you can play?

Business simulations are a more effective way to boost knowledge retention, increase completion rates and build confidence because neuroscience has proven humans learn best when they are fully engaged, having fun and free to explore trial and error in a safe space.

Proof points for learning through play

Neuroscience proves higher learning retention through stress-free play.

Experiential learning, simulation training, serious games, learning through play – a range of approaches all backed by simple science for how humans learn best through simulation:

Projection

Business simulations draw on the power of projection to help learners gain insights into how they can model new behaviours. Fictional scenarios evoke real-world situations that are depersonalised, enabling open discussion from different perspectives.

Immersion

Creating a fun, immersive experience is key. Research has shown that dopamine is released when people are engaged and having fun, which leads to better recall and knowledge retention. The closer simulations mirror real-life experiences the more relevant learning outcomes will be.

Liminal Zone

The liminal zone is the boundary between mastery and mystery; of comfort and discomfort. This is where the best learning takes place. Stay too much in your comfort zone and nothing is new. Too much “beyond the wall” and there are no familiar anchors on which to base new ideas. Effective simulations strike a balance and hold a safe space in this zone for learners to stretch and explore.