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How hyper-casual gaming can be used to transform enterprise outcomes 

It’s undeniable that gaming is no longer a niche, but has become mainstream. In the past, gaming as an activity or culture was identified with console gaming through PlayStations and Xbox, which were far too unattainable to gain mainstream acceptance. But mobile gaming has taken the world by storm and has gained broad-based appeal and adoption. Gen-Z and Millennial audiences, especially, spend more time gaming than on any other form of entertainment. 

Even within gaming,  the hyper-casual game genre has become increasingly popular. As a game genre, it accounted for almost 60% of mobile game downloads out of the top 20 billion downloads in 2021. With simple user interfaces, compact sizes, and highly visual designs, hyper-casual games have a broad appeal among digital audiences, and not just among Gen-Z and Millennial players. So, given the popularity of this genre, how can this be leveraged to drive enterprise outcomes. 

Today, let’s take a tour of hyper-casual games, their characteristics, and their incorporation into the enterprise to drive the best business outcomes. 

What are Hyper-Casual Games?

Let’s start with what hyper-casual games are. They are games that incorporate simple mechanics such as clicking on something repeatedly, or swiping and selecting, or just clicking to avoid obstacles. They don’t require high levels of hand-eye coordination and incorporate bright visuals to make them eye-catching. Therefore, the level of skill asked of the player of a hyper-casual game is very low, making these games playable across all age groups. 

Hyper casual games will also have mechanisms such as simple level-ups, bonus gatherings, and repeat visit rewards, all to make the player feel good about playing the game with easier ‘wins’. 

Although they tend to concentrate on a single basic mechanic, such as endless running or finding hidden objects, hyper-casual games are nonetheless tricky enough to keep players engaged. In short, hyper-casual games are simple to learn but challenging to master, which draws players in repeatedly. The genre is famous for being played in small or snackable bursts, that gamers can enjoy while waiting in line or commuting to work.

How can games be used to drive enterprise outcomes?

Considering its minimal game mechanics and addictive game play it is easy to incorporate learning into hyper-casual games to increase knowledge retention and engagement, leading to higher productivity. 

Question-based, hyper-casual gaming is a mechanic where questions can be answered to gain more time or lives or rewards in a game. As players play the game longer and longer to achieve high scores, they encounter these questions again and again as they seek to gain more time/lives to reach a higher score than before. Such a mechanic is known to drive higher recall of these facts or concepts, simply because they are seen again and again. This is a scientific technique called ‘Spaced Repetition’, where the repetition of these questions places difficult-to-recall facts and information in front of a learner multiple times until it excites not just rote memory, but visual memory as well. Multi-sensory memory ensures that these facts stick in the mind of the learner for a long time. 

Based on the ‘high scores’, players then get to see a leaderboard, where they can compete with others on knowledge. This leaderboard spurs players to try to keep knocking others off the top perch and creates a ‘Pull’ mechanism for the content. Therefore, the need to beg and cajole learners to consume the content is very low. Additionally, social media mechanics can be added to create buzz such as sharing their wins on internal company pages or running these as contests, which reward those at the top of the leaderboard. 

To sum up, it is undeniable that the popularity of the hyper-casual gaming genre combined with incorporating learning approaches makes it a potent tool in the hands of smart, new-age enterprise learning and capability development professionals. As the proportions of enterprise audiences start to lean more heavily in favor of millennials and Gen-Z, enterprises must make the leap to these approaches in order to remain relevant in these young minds.

Consumer engagement: Gamified campaign gaining momentum with leading brands

QuoDeck’s gamified campaign #D2City has received over five million impressions in just two weeks

Leading brands are using gamified campaigns for engaging with consumers due lack of physical space where consumers can experience or see D2C (direct-to-consumer) brands after the Covid outbreak.

QuoDeck’s one-of-a-kind gamified campaign #D2City, which is used as an engagement strategy for over 28 brands enrolled on the platform, has received over five million impressions in just 14 days of its launch. Over one million engaged through videos, games, and other content.

Kamalika Bhattacharya, CEO, QuoDeck said innovative brand communication is the key to capturing customer attention in this age of transient loyalty and #D2City has established a brand new high engagement marketing tactic for D2C brands across sectors to create brand affinity.

The campaign was designed as an interactive digital city that allowed visitors to experience, explore, play and learn about their favorite D2C brands.

Mobile-friendly gaming microsite

For the campaign, Quodeck hosted over 28 big and small D2C brands from industries such as Cosmetics, Electronics, Personal Care, Food, Apparel, and Baking Goods, among others, in a mobile-friendly gaming microsite designed as a city with buildings, key buildings playing host to brands and their games.

The D2City campaign leveraged the growing popularity of gamification to help D2C brands capture consumer attention from far beyond just tier-I cities. During the duration of the #D2City campaign, the platform received 80 percent hits from tier-II and -III cities across the country, correlating with the rising demand for D2C in these areas.

Launched in 2017 by Kamalika Bhattacharya and Arijit Lahiri, QuoDeck is a B2B SaaS Digital Learning and Engagement Platform that enables organizations to use interactivity and games to engage audiences such as employees, value chain, and gig workforces.

The platform is highly scalable and equipped to handle large user bases and extended ecosystems such as sellers, agents, vendors, distributors, partners, etc.

Today, QuoDeck is the market leader in its category, catering to over five million users across an enterprise clients, including Unilever, Vodafone, Flipkart, and Dabur.

This was first published on The Hindustan Business

Will Gamification For D2C Brands Work?

As D2C brands take on established brand mammoths to capture consumer attention, with proven use cases of gamification and many well-known brands reaping its rewards, gamification has now become an essential weapon in any smart, new-age marketer’s arsenal

With the world undergoing unprecedented transformations since the Covid-19 pandemic began, enterprises across the globe are reimagining their branding and marketing strategies to adapt and realign with the changing needs of their consumers.

One sector that has stood out from the rest in the post-pandemic era has been D2C retail, which saw a significant uptick in demand during these times. At present, D2C brands have sprung up in multiple sectors, including fashion, FMCG, Homecare, Femtech, personal care, baby care, cosmetics, lifestyle, home décor, consumer electronics, among others. More than 800 D2C brands in India are carving a niche for themselves, with many more to join the ecosystem in the coming years. Such a backdrop points to an increasingly competitive space where only those who deploy the best brand strategies will survive in the long run.

The most significant challenge faced by D2C brands today is one of creating brand recognition among consumers. Given the lack of a physical space where consumers can experience or see the brand, digital mediums such as YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Whatsapp etc., become the primary mediums through which consumers are reached. However, high clutter in these channels makes content differentiation a critical marketing need.

Gamification, as a strategy, is one such way in which D2C brands can strongly differentiate and attract new consumers.

There is a natural instinct in every person to compete, to be challenged, to have fun, to be rewarded, and to mirror. These five innate instincts can be satiated through games and gamified engagement. Furthermore, when people play games, they feel motivated and experience a positive ’rush’. Gamification in the context of marketing merely couples these positive emotions through game elements and game principles with a topic or information about a product.

Gamification is already widely used in a variety of contexts across sectors with the ultimate goal of entertaining, engaging, and educating audiences. Globally the Gamification market is expected to grow to USD 38.3 Billion by 2027, from USD 9.1 billion in 2020. The global gaming market is expected to be USD 268.8 billion in 2025, up from USD 178 billion in 2021. This is fueled by growing acceptance of this medium in the minds of consumers across the world. As younger populations enter the working age and with the advent of mediums such as VR, this trend is only expected to magnify.

In the context of D2C brands, tried and tested gamification methods can be a game-changer in many ways, some of which we’ve explored here.

Enhance reach and brand awareness

Brands can use games to create fun interactive content for people to discover and understand their brand and products. Using gamification elements incentivizes the interaction while creating hype for your product or services among consumers. This is also a great way to promote newly launched products or campaigns; there is a high likelihood that a consumer may participate or make a purchase with a game as a hook.

When you integrate a game into your brand content across different consumer touchpoints, you also encourage your consumers to share their gaming experience with their social networks, as gaming activities get a lot of shares.

This increases a brand’s reach and awareness, thereby making it easy to attract new consumers. For example, a study by Gigya, a customer identity management platform, found that brands such as Nike, Dell and Pepsi, who used gamified elements in their content, saw a 13% increase in post comments, 22% more post shares and a phenomenal 68% content discovery rate.

Drive Engagement and Increase Brand Loyalty

Game principles can be used to achieve the holy grail of marketing – sustained engagement. According to Digital Marketing Forum, 60% of people admit that an appealing game from a brand may influence them to buy more from that brand. Similarly, a survey conducted by Ask Your Target Market found that 38% of people enjoy their shopping experience when brands include games or interactive features. This data indicates that gamification can enhance sales, brand awareness, and customer loyalty and help develop an emotional connect with the audience. This, in turn, leads to a longer relationship with consumers, as opposed to simple brand awareness. Brands that gamify to raise engagement find that games also tend to boost customer experience and satisfaction.

With the increased demand for consumer entertainment since the pandemic began, brands can leverage gamification to make the user’s engagement with the brand more enjoyable and dynamic. Bain & Company’s research shows that increasing customer retention rates by 5% increases profits by 25% to 95%.

Grab new segments’ attention: Target Generation Z and Millennials.

While gamification for digital marketing works well across all ages and demographics, games perform exceptionally well with Millennial and Gen Z audiences, as indicated by the Consumer Insights research, which found that about 81% of Gen Z gamers reported playing games in the past six months. Millennials and GenZ make up the majority of the 600 million internet users in India, and they are driving online shopping like never before. As a result, D2C

brands are getting higher responses and witnessing a sharp rise in engagement and visibility from Millennials and Gen-Z, who make up the major share of online shoppers. This points to a huge opportunity for D2C to leverage the affinity of Millenials and GenZ towards games and use gamified elements to drive revenue and engagement.

Generate data for personalisation and user retention

With hundreds of D2C startups and traditional retail companies vying to take the D2C route, customer acquisition costs are rising. A data-driven understanding of the customer can help D2C brands deliver unique experiences across channels, thus, improving retention and increasing overall customer LTV. Games naturally lend themselves to capturing higher levels of data that can indicate consumer behaviour or preferences. This sort of data can be generated through gamification applied across multiple touchpoints in the consumer decision journey.

The data collected can help D2C brands optimise experiences across customer lifecycle stages while reducing overall marketing costs.

As D2C brands take on established brand mammoths to capture consumer attention, they may need to find innovative ways of appealing to consumers. What better way than to deliver a personalised experience to make consumers feel like part of something unique and niche. With proven use cases of gamification and many well-known brands reaping its rewards, gamification has now become an essential weapon in any smart, new-age marketer’s arsenal.

By Kamalika Bhattacharya, CEO & Co-Founder at QuoDeck

This article was first published on BW Disrupt

Here are the best methods for Employee Performance Evaluation

Looking for the best evaluation methods to rate and scale your employees? Well, here are a few best methods for employee performance evaluation.

Do your employees give their best performance? Do they meet the deadlines and excel in everything assigned to them? But with all this, are they really climbing up the success ladder?

To find your answers to the above questions, you need data analysis to evaluate their performance. You need a clear framework to collect, select, and interpret data on your employees. Performance evaluation methods can differ based on companies and their needs. You may even need a mix of two or three methods to have a better understanding of the employee. Dive right in and find out the best techniques to review employee performance. 

Methods of Employee Performance Evaluation

There are three critical elements for evaluation:

  • The work one does: both qualitative and quantitative
  • The time taken
  • The actual contribution of the employee

Evaluation includes strengths, weaknesses, talents, skills, qualitative and quantitative data. 

The company can come up with the best training methods based on the results. Quodeck is your destination for evaluation aid. Here are some methods you can implement:

Management by objective (MBO)

The company sets particular objectives for all the employees. At the end of the deadline, the outcomes can assess the employee’s performance. The management tracks every employee’s progress and corrects it at any point.

MBO cannot be very precise as external factors are not considered. This can backfire on the employees’ outcomes and eventually get a low grade on the scorecard. A sales quota is the best example of MBO.

Critical incident method

The critical incident method is quite famous in customer-service-oriented jobs. This method allows managers to get overall feedback on an employee from other employees, customers, and higher management. The feedback gives a clear picture of how the employee handled a crisis and issue during their service.

This method encourages managers to observe certain events to judge the employee’s reaction. It can be positive or negative and also give clear input on their situational skills. The feedback also aids the company in coming up with better methods of training for the employees.

Rating scale

Many organizations use this method. The list or the questionnaire contains specific questions based on behaviors, traits, skills, or others. The employees are made to rate on a scale of 5 or 10. This method can be biased as employees favor each other most of the time.

Either way, the rating scale helps to monitor all the employees on the same categories and elements. This method is also efficient when employees have to rate new implementations or employer’s practices. The rating can also be Likert scales.

Continuous feedback

Feedback is an ongoing process of growing. A company needs to take continuous feedback to establish new methods, rules, and better targets. It is designed to take place at regular intervals where employees get to write and give feedback on their team members and managers on their teams. It is a two-way process that helps everyone to grow together.

Continuous feedback helps allow managers or team members to take charge whenever one needs help or is underperforming. This intervention will help prevent the situation from going out of hand. This method assists the company in grooming its employees according to their needs.

360-degree feedback

360-degree feedback appraisal method provides a chance for all the employees to give their opinions and feedback. Here,  every employee gets a rating from their colleagues, superiors, peers, customers, and management. The employee is evaluated from all sides: 360-degree feedback.

Under this system, a questionnaire is created by the HR department. It contains questions on all aspects. It can be teamwork, adaptability, leadership qualities, goal orientation, motivation levels, and strengths. Relevant people are made to fill the questionnaire anonymously. The feedback helps the employee to grow. It gives a clear insight into how others perceive them and their work.

Self-evaluation

Self-evaluation is a vital process for both employee and company growth. This method offers an opportunity for employees to play an active role in their evaluation process. It helps establish better communication between the staff and management. The employees can test their strengths, weaknesses and abilities, and skills and work on them.

Conclusion

Employee performance evaluation is vital. It helps both the company and employees to grow together. They give a clear insight on how well the staff is working and where they are lacking. Performance evaluation also helps to recognize talents and provide appraisals.

The Best Ways to Improve Employee Learning and Employee Training

Looking to establish suitable training methods? Trying to teach new skills? Well, here are the best ways to improve employee learning and training in a company.

Every company has its own set of requirements and rules that help it climb up the success ladder. And the best way to go up is with proper foundation and establishment among the employees. This is only possible with a precise regimen of employee learning and training.

Training programs help them improve their skills and stay ahead in the corporate world. With this attitude, you would be able to take your company to the next level. It is the best place to invest. Dive right in and find out the best ways to boost employee learning through training. 

Best ways to improve employee learning and training

Training and learning programs play an essential role in shaping an employee according to the company’s needs. The programs give a clear picture of what the team expects from them and how they can reach the goals without any errors. Quodeck can aid you in finding the best training and development methods. But here are a few ways to improve your employee learning and training programs:

Offer professional training

Every organization runs on different priorities. What better way than to learn from older colleagues? Professional training is the best way to teach employees new ideas, the company’s methods, and objectives. It can also imbibe all the procedures and projects the company works on.

With professional help, the employees can clear their doubts, learn critical information, and even grow as a team. Professional training will guide you about the precise way to grow a company. Besides that, it helps to find your employees’ true potential and recognize the crowd’s best talent.

Emphasize soft skills

What’s the point of having excellent knowledge when you cannot share or help others? What’s the point of thinking of a great idea if you cannot voice it out? Soft skills are often neglected in many companies, but they help build strong bonds and help people and the company grow together.

Soft skills include having healthy communications, table etiquette, ability to collaborate, and work in harmony with other employees. It helps them to create a unique personality and contribute better to the company.

Occasional training programs

Every employee needs to learn to grow. The company can hold occasional training programs for all the employees. They can get on good terms, break some ice, and learn new things from each other. 

With evolving technology and competition, there is always something new to work on. So regular training programs will keep the employees up to date and equipped with new knowledge. 

These training programs can also help older employees come to good terms with younger employees. The programs also involve games and tasks to build strong bonds.

Cross department collaboration

Employee learning can also happen when an employee works in all departments. Moving across the departments will train the employee according to the company’s methods. The diversification will increase the exchange of knowledge and help employees find their passion.

At the same time, it can increase good bonding between the departments, leading to better productivity. For example, marketing teams can consult and have healthy discussions with the sales team before making a market campaign and work in one direction.

Develop managers into personal coaches

Managers play an important role in the employees’ life in the company. They guide, help, control, and assign tasks to all their employees. That way, managers have a clear picture of employees’ strengths, weaknesses, and what motivates them.

Making managers a personal coach will help them groom the employees and hone their skills in the right direction. They can even assign tasks according to their potential. They can test their employees with quick questions or assignments to prepare them better. Having regular conversations with employees will also help establish strong bonds.

Employee development is same as personal development

Personal health and development play an essential role in their growth as an employee. Positive minds and healthy bodies can contribute better to the company. They can become eager to learn new things and stay active in the workplace. You can have an in-house therapist or an approachable HR. They can help employees talk about everything that’s troubling them.

Conclusion

Employees are the foundation of any company. Thus making their well-being an essential thing. Employee training is an ongoing process as the industry is evolving and growing. It helps them set their career on the right path and helps the company climb up the success ladder.  

7 Tips for Employee Learning and Development: Expert Tips on How to Train Your Employees

What do you need to run a successful business? You can be anyone, from an entrepreneur to an influencer. But whenever you are online, you need something to grab attention. Of course, your content does that for you. But is that all? Can’t you just do better than now? Yes, we all can. 

The main goal of any online business is to keep your audience active. It ensures their coming back to your platform and making some purchase. But, it is a job better said than done. So, are you looking for a tool that allows you to stay active with your audience? Look no more. Here is the list of must-have tools for any online business. 

Tools To Help You Better Your Online Presence

  1. Social Media Tools

Social media presence is now the most important thing for any individual or brand. To make it clear, here is a statistic that highlights the importance of social media presence for brands. 71% of people who have had a good experience with a brand on social media are more likely to recommend that brand to their friends and families

And how do you improve this social media presence? Well, being active on your accounts does not always help. Of course, you can go from one platform to another and check each engagement differently. 

Or, you can simply use social media tools for better engagement. Tools like Hootsuite, Talkwalker, and Google Alerts are some social media analytics and monitoring platforms to name. 

These platforms get to observe everything happening on social media related to your brand. For example, you will get to see all the comments on your different platforms in one place. It helps in replying and connecting with your audience easily. 

And faster connection means a better experience. Using social media tools is way more effective and allows you to stay engaged with your audience. 

  1. Content Discovery Tools

You have to keep up with your competitors as well. Otherwise, you will see your audience going away to them. So, good competitor research is always important. But is it always possible to keep track of all your competitors manually? Most of the time, no. 

So, the easiest way is to run a competitor research tool. These tools run a quick research on the given keywords and find you all related content on the web. You can use Buzzsumo for that purpose. This tool is a must-have for anyone running online content for their business. 

  1. Marketing Automation Tool

Marketing is a crucial thing to engage with your audience. However, digital marketing is more than that. You need to take care of a lot of things- from your customer’s journey to their reactions. So, a content marketing tool can be the most helpful in this case. 

As a content marketing automation tool, you can consider using Hubspot. Hubspot lets you keep track of your marketing journey and helps you target your audience. Targeting is crucial and when you pass the stage, engaging with your audience becomes easier!

  1. Live Chat Software

Have you noticed those pop-up messages you get when you visit certain websites? These are live chat support or chatbots. These chatbots are very much helpful in increasing your audience engagement. So, how do these work? 

For live chat software, you can use ProProfs Chat. When someone has visited your blog or website, this chatbot keeps track of that. Now, after a certain time, if the person does not take any action on your site, a voice or chat pops up to grab their attention. By doing that, your audience feels like there is someone to help.

  1. Interactive Content Tool

Interactive content is the future of content marketing. While an average blog post takes around 3.5 hours to complete, interactive content is easy to design and more engaging. In addition, people here get to interact, which increases the ROI. So, modern marketers focus more on interactive content.

Amplayfy is an interactive content creator tool. Here you can create a variety of content, from quizzes to polls and surveys within minutes. These help you keep your audience engaged and increase the conversion rate. Interactive content is also helpful for influencer marketing. So make sure you try it out as soon as possible. 

Conclusion

Engaging your audience with your content is a very crucial thing to boost your online growth. And if you are serious about your online presence, you get to know every possible way to crack that. These are the best tools that you can use to stay active with your audience. We hope this discussion was helpful. We will see you with the next topic right here!

The Top 5 Ways to Transform Your Sales Team into a Sales-Enabled Organization

Wondering why your team is lagging behind in sales? Here are some tips to transform yours into a sales-enabled company!

The sales team of any organization is a crucial driving force for good business. While standard sales strategies are used by a majority of organizations, the sales aspects are often undermined with more focus on enhancing your brand identity and other peripheral aspects.

For a business, at the end of the day, sales stand to be the most important. Even if you’re a brand that believes in making an impact or looking at the larger picture, you really can’t keep your vision going without having the basic funds for it. Many businesses fall to their ends due to the lack of a prompt sales team.

But the question is – how to make your company a sales-enabled one at large? Here are the top 5 ways with which you can transform yours into a sales-enabled organization:

  1. Modernize with CRM and collaboration tools

As much as you’d think your sales reps can handle it all, making their lives easier with some modern sales elements is always a good idea. Sales-friendly CRM systems can help to manage quality leads and target relevant consumers. Interactive and collaboration tools for your sales team can also do wonders for an effectively managed sales funnel. 

  1. Automate administrative and mundane tasks

Do everything you can to ensure your reps are focusing on sales and not mundane paperwork or other administrative tasks that could be managed digitally. If you’re still doing things the old-fashioned pen-to-paper way, it’s time to upgrade. Incorporate apps and devices into your workspace for digital signatures, cross-platform networking, and centrally updated data. In fact, handling mundane things electronically ensures not only saved time but improved security, privacy, and authenticity of data! 

  1. Use gamification strategies to encourage competition amongst reps

The sales playing field has traditionally been a competitive one. Who can finish their targets first? Who can get that promotion? How about easing the pressure-based competition and gamifying the competition between reps. Quodeck is a one-of-a-kind SaaS tool that allows you to create a gamified interactive interface that can be the next big thing to keep your sales reps engaged and on their toes. 

  1. Invest more in sales training and enablement

The businesses that experience a dip at the earliest are those that don’t train their reps well. You can’t expect your employees to deliver if you don’t provide them with the best training and set of resources to close the most number of deals! It is high time to invest in more effective sales training strategies, new technologies, and sales-enablement platforms for your business. 

  1. Analyze data to optimize strategy

Last but not least, fine-tuning your strategy as per your prior performances will truly make an impact. Insights from performance data can greatly transform your sales team and fine-tune their responses for client conversions. Classify and recognize aspects that are working and figure out strategies that are not working. You’d be blown away by how much data can reveal about your organization’s performance! Employ effective data analytics tools to reap the benefits of this. 

Conclusion

A few steps in the right direction can change your existing team into one with a little more perspective on sales. Assess your organization and shortlist what would work for you to boost up the potential of your sales department. Jump into these top options and find out what works for your business!

The Best Tips To Get A Gamified Course: 5 Ways To Give Your Students a Fun Learning Experience  

Applying a gamified learning method is a new technique many institutions are adopting today. Amplayfy offers effective ways for modern learners. 

The new-age learners of today can be referred to as modern learners. They have an abundance of information that they can anytime and anywhere, which can be quite overwhelming. However, if we compare today’s generation with the older ones, they have comparatively lesser attention spans. 

Thus, the need to include the correct way of learning is crucial for this generation to ensure that they are engaged and attentive. What can be better than gamification techniques for learners to enhance their engagement? Many studies have proven that such strategies affect not only their performance but also their productivity. To create such engaging courses, you can check out Amplayfy for the plenty of such options offered by them. 

Tips to make gamified courses:

Here are five tips to get an effective gamified course for learners and have a fun learning experience:

Tip 1: Know your students

a) Know the difficult parts 

Try to find out the trouble spots of the students since it will allow you to build the best gamification techniques for the classroom. The significant reason for finding students’ trouble areas is that they will let themselves be at the forefront of the gamified strategy.

b) Conduct a Survey 

You should conduct a survey in your class to design the right ways to keep them engaged. The aim is to learn about the games that students are most interested in. 

Tip 2: Set the learning goals

a) Define goals

Have proper objectives in the form of learning goals that will help solve the troubles of the learners. Setting learning goals will allow students to learn concepts and grow their skills. Add behavior goals to include guiding students to concentrate and perform efficiently.

b) Design projects that allow meeting these goals

Give the students ample choices that challenge as well as suit their abilities. You can accept the projects in the form of a presentation, creative writing, paper or essay, and even a creative product that suits the given topic. 

Step 3: Make a structure of the gamified learning experience

a) Modify the scoring system

For most students, marks or scores are the most frightening part of a school. The aim of gamification is to avoid the old ways of presenting marks and modify them. Try to focus more on their progress rather than on their mistakes. 

You can also give points for finishing extra-curricular tasks, being active in the class, or anything that shows their effort to learn.

b) Utilize ‘stages’

You can alter how you name the topics and chapters and try referring to them as stages. Unlike teachers, students might fail to resonate while referring to topics and chapters. However, students might be able to relate when you call it stages, especially gamers. 

As in games, to go to the next stage, they have to overcome the current challenges. Similarly, they have to apply the same technique for studies as well. You can try this by mentioning particular tasks as mandatory to go to the next stage. For example, unless students finish their homework or take part in class and quizzes, they won’t be allowed to go to the next stage. 

Step 4: Know the resources

a) Make a manual and form teams

Like almost all video games, try to make instruction manuals that explain to the students how they should work. Your manual can hold information such as:

  • How stages function
  • The type of task that learners will handle
  • Explain the new scoring system 
  • How learners can gain rewards, and what are those rewards 

It will be a reference for learners, which will tell what they should do to be successful in a gamified scenario.

Step 5: Use gamification factors

a) Ensure the progress is visible to the learners

Showing the progress made by the learners is an essential element of gamification. It is almost like promoting the student community. Try to inculcate the method of displaying their growth and what they have achieved so far. 

You can apply different techniques to display their progress, like a bar chart. Make and share a bar chart that holds the growth made by every learner in learning a skill. When someone gets a score on winning a quiz or finishes homework and assignments on time, you can immediately fill up his or her bar. 

Those students who are making good progress will be motivated to make better growth. And those students who are not doing well will be motivated to work harder to reach that goal. In this process, every student will learn important skills.

b) Offer rewards

Giving rewards is the best way to merge gamification and learning, which is going to keep the students engaged. Many studies have proved that rewards in gamified education motivate learners to acknowledge their achievements and work harder to make progress. 

Conclusion

While the process of studying and learning tends to be boring for most students, gamification can help make it an engaging experience. The tips listed above can help you implement a gamified course and make it fun for the students. Get started on it now!

Is MOOC The Future of Online Learning?

Massive Open Online Courses may sound too good to be accurate, but you better start believing them as they are here to stay. MOtick with us to know why. 

The standard pedagogy of education may have been the usual norm for centuries now, but we feel MOOCs are our future. And, why not? After all, they break the traditional classroom learning barriers. Each of us is enrolling into different universities and programs, all from the comfort of our homes.  

With the lockdown that came into play last year and continues to do so this year, every class has shifted online. This form of learning on the internet caught on with lightning speed. A gazillion firms joined the bandwagon of e-learning with gusto.  

Yes, we are also considering the challenges that come with it. But, we certainly think that they are too good to be dismissed as just another fad. Here is why we think so. 

Self-paced beyond imagination  

According to a few studies, it has been found that people have different styles of learning. Some may understand a concept within a few seconds, while some may take months or even years to understand the very topic.  

Thus, MOOCs are a boon for all of us. We can pick up new concepts at different paces. A self-paced course allows us to learn and study at our leisurely rate.  

By authoring microlearning, you can encourage students to learn things at their own pace. Wondering how to do that? Opt for Quodeck’s system of template authoring.  

The process is simple: you ensure that your content is micro-learning compliant and follows the instructional design principles. Once that is done, here are the steps you need to follow. 

Optimal utilization of resources 

MOOCs help you make the best use of resources. If you are wondering how, then we are here to tell you. Imagine some renowned Nobel Laureate who decides to administer a training course at UCLA.  

At the max, they can only teach 100-300 students in a class and 1000 young minds in their lifetime. Now, you tell us if that is genuinely an optimum use of such precious resources? Of course not! 

But with MOOC platforms, the same Nobel Laureate can teach a large number of students in a short span, all with the help of the internet. 

Commendable scalability  

In the conventional classroom set-up, you will have to move to a more extensive classroom if you want to increase the number of students. You may also have to revamp the academy’s infrastructure in all likelihood. 

But, with online classrooms, scaling up the size of the course batch is a cakewalk. All that is required is a few clicks on your mouse.  

No systematic barriers  

Are all of us privileged enough or financially well-endowed to move out of our own countries to pursue a course abroad? The answer is NO. We cannot fly to Europe or the USA on our whims and fancies at any given time we desire.  

Also, we are too busy to pursue our academic interests that will fit seamlessly into our work schedule. But, online courses can remove and mitigate systemic barriers of any kind. Therefore, it is easy to conclude that education is universally available. 

Facilitate constant learning  

MOOCs are up to date and in line with the present job market, where any skill becomes outdated in less than a decade. Do any of you remember all that was taught in your college? Gone are the days when whatever we learned stuck with us throughout our careers.  

With technological changes taking place at a rapid pace, we have to learn constantly. And, believe us or not but MOOCs will adequately serve and address it.  

Conclusion 

Opinions regarding MOOCs being the future of online learning may be highly polarizing, but we are confident that they will stay. It is indeed a significant leap for education. I hope you liked our blog and if there is anything we missed, please let us know in the comments below.  

Why implementing EdTech in classrooms could help in immersive learning

In recent times, EdTech has been gaining prominence at a rapid pace. It has found its place in classrooms of various scales, ranging from schools to universities. In short, EdTech has revolutionized education by bringing about some much-needed changes. Online classes are one of the results of the growth of EdTech. However, EdTech has also gained popularity in physical classrooms as a means of promoting immersive learning.  

What is EdTech? 

EdTech is a blend of sophisticated technologies and the academic sector. It is a rather vast field consisting of digital classes, e-learning, audio-visual classrooms, and other technologies. The integration of such technologies makes learning much easier and effective. In the past, only a few leading institutions used to try out sophisticated EdTech solutions. Now, however, EdTech has become relatively mainstream.  

How is EdTech helping in making learning more immersive? 

It is quite a known fact that students often find education to be boring. When it becomes immersive, the learners naturally find it to be more interesting. Here are some of the ways in which EdTech improves learning: 

  1. Gamification 

Gamification is one of the most popular features of EdTech, especially for children. The integration of game mechanics in learning makes it fun. There are various types of custom educational software that provide the students with resources in a more engaging manner. 

  1.  Resources 

Students can now learn from eBooks, online platforms, and educational videos. Academic institutions are implementing EdTech to provide learners with better resources. This makes the learning process much richer.  

  1. Collaboration 

EdTech adds collaboration capabilities to the educational field. Learners can easily connect with others around the globe to share knowledge. Discussion forums are a prime example. Video conferencing solutions have made virtual classrooms a reality too. Moreover, student teams working on projects can easily coordinate and collaborate online.  

  1. Better job-readiness 

One of the most popular drawbacks of conventional education is that it is outdated in nature. It does not prepare students for modern-day jobs. However, EdTech helps to get over this issue. It accustoms the students to digital tools like electronic whiteboards, video calling, and emails. Moreover, online resources help the learners obtain up-to-date information.  

  1. Comprehensiveness 

One of the key factors that make EdTech so immersive is its comprehensive nature. Unlike conventional education, modern education is no longer bookish. Instead, the students can learn from online videos and other resources. This helps to gain more practical knowledge. The significance of practical experience in today’s world makes EdTech a logical choice.  

  1. Customized learning 

EdTech helps to deliver customized education to each student. This is far more effective than conventional classrooms. A teacher offering the same knowledge at the same pace for all the students is not really effective. This is because every student is different. However, with EdTech, students may learn in a personalized manner and at their own pace.

Popular immersive learning technologies 

Newer immersive learning technologies are always in the making. These create digital environments to offer an immersive audio-visual experience. Three of the most popular immersive learning technologies are: 

Virtual reality 

Virtual reality is basically a computer-generated scenario that delivers an experience similar to real life. VR helps to make education immersive by making it easier to relate to. For instance, a student watching an educational video would find it to be engaging. 

Augmented reality 

This is a technology that places virtual objects in the environment around the learner. In this process, it creates a digital interface. It has typically been a popular technology in the field of entertainment. However, lately, AR has also found its place in education.  

Mixed reality 

Mixed reality is essentially a blend of VR and AR. The real-world environment is still a part of the digital environment, making the mixed-reality environment seem even more realistic.  

Conclusion 

These technologies are finding application in the academic sector at a growing pace. Their popularity is increasing among students and teachers alike. Virtual environments are also proving helpful in educating children who require special care.   

It is unlikely that the trend of growing EdTech usage would die out any time soon. Essentially, it is helping the education sector evolve and meet the demands of the modern world.