How Gamers Learn: The Game Player’s Brain

If you’re embarking on your first game-based learning odyssey, you might be wondering where to start. When moving from a traditional eLearning model to a gamified one, you’ll find that there’s a whole world of learning methods that you’d never even considered before.

The fact is that games behave differently from the eLearning of old. Any instructional designer will have a good idea of the theory behind how people learn, but a gamified solution needs to also consider how gamers learn.

To make that transition a little easier, we’ve drawn up a few pointers to help you get inside the mind of a gamer and find out what makes them tick!

Gamers love mystery

There’s nothing terribly surprising about the classic eLearning setup – first the learner is given a piece of learning content (say a video, or a document), and then they are asked some questions to gauge whether they’ve grasped it or not.

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