L&D Go Beyond

Gamifying Workplace Learning the Right Way, with Karl Kapp

March 29, 2022 Upside Learning Solutions Season 1 Episode 16
L&D Go Beyond
Gamifying Workplace Learning the Right Way, with Karl Kapp
Show Notes

In this episode of L&D Go Beyond podcast, Amit Garg speaks with Karl Kapp about gamifying workplace learning the right way.

Karl started his discussion by highlighting the confusion between gamification and game-based learning. The common mistake that many people make is considering that gamification necessarily involves some kind of a game. Taking an example of progress bar, feedback loop, etc. he explained that the correct idea or concept is using game elements or the pieces of game. Gamification can also be done using concepts or psychological ideas such as story-based instruction. Karl also explained 3 types of gamification, namely Structural Gamification, Content Gamification and Performance-based Gamification. Gamification in his opinion allows us to have transparency into what is being evaluated, how it is being evaluated and what our goals are. So, if the parameters are reasonable and decided upon in consultation with the learners themselves, gamification can be very helpful and motivating. As a learning professional, our job he emphasized is to decide what the right learning intervention is at the right time and how to do it effectively. 

Here are the key takeaways from this podcast:

  • Envisioning KPIs through gamification for performance improvement and feedback.
  • Employee group contribution in devising the gamified experience.
  • Gamifying the process and not the end outcome by focusing on behaviors and elements which are enabling the overall performance.
  • Transitioning from extrinsic to intrinsic motivation with extrinsic as a trigger.
  • Tips on avoiding mistakes in applying gamification to workplace learning.
  • Games as a vehicle for non-linear thinking in unveiling insights for organizations in the competitive marketplace.

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About The Guests

Karl is a professor, analyst, speaker, learning expert and designer of instructional games and gamification. He is a full professor of Instructional Technology at Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. Karl teaches subjects related to games, gamification and learning technologies. Karl’s work explores the research, theoretical foundations and application of effective game-based learning. Karl has authored or co-authored half a dozen books, and he is also the author of a few gamification courses on LinkedIn Learning. 

Email: kkapp@bloomu.edu
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/karlkapp

About The Host

Amit has been involved in the workplace learning domain for over 19 years. He is passionate about improving organizational performance through better learning solutions. He consults organizations around the world on resolving business and training challenges through uniquely crafted learning solutions by combining his vast experience and quick adoption of evolving trends on learning and technology fronts.

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LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/gargamit100
Twitter: gargamit100
Email: amitgarg@upsidelearning.com