Gaming and Simulations

Gaming and Simulations

Gamification refers to the use of Games-Based Learning where teachers use gaming principles and designs to achieve their learning goals and enhance delivery.

Lesson goals and objectives

In this lesson you will learn:

  • how Gaming and Simulations support learning
  • how to create simulations in your learning
  • the key considerations in creating Games & Simulations

Simulations on the other hand, are instructional based activities which can take the form of games or even role play, to provide a scenario-based environment.

Gaming & Simulations supports learning by:

  • encouraging situational and experiential learning
  • providing an immersive and interactive experience for students
  • using a safe space to experiment with ways of working
  • using an outcome based approach to enhance student performance and completion rates
  • Encouraging teamworking, problem-solving and improves critical-thinking.

Here’s an example of how Gaming & Simulations encouraging situational and experiential learning Construction Manager

Here’s an example of how Gaming & Simulations encouraging situational and experiential learning – Ship Simulator

So now you’ve seen examples, how do you go about creating Games & Simulations?

There are eLearning authoring tools that allow you to create learning simulations quite rapidly and easily.  These include Storyline, Captivate, or ITyStudio.

Adapted from here are 4 tips on how to create simulations in your learning.

Creating Games & Simulations – Step 1
Creating Games & Simulations – Step 2
Creating Games & Simulations – Step 3
Creating Games & Simulations – Step 4

Key considerations for you when creating Games and Simulations are:

  • Full integration requires high-quality mechanisms, student engagement, and instructor support.
  • The role of the instructor and their design in the learning process is vital for success.
  • Games can improve knowledge acquisition, conceptual understanding & deeper content understanding .
  • Games and simulations can improve critical thinking, reasoning, as well as Teamworking skills .
  • Games should supplement existing teaching techniques.

Did you know


of learners prefer activity-based gaming feeds

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of students prefer a level-based progression

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of participants feel eager to complete a task