Does Game-based Learning Work?
In this modern time, some still doubts the benefits of gamification. And yet, it is scientifically proven that some types of games can indeed make your brain function improve and even increase your IQ score. One does not need to be an avid gamer to benefit from game-based learning. Some games that exists are simple enough that even the least tech-savvy person may comprehend the rules and play the game.
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You may know some types of these brain games that are promoted to be able to increase your brain’s efficiency. Games like remembering matching symbols, or ones found on IQ tests. If practiced enough, these games not only serve to assess your brain’s potential, but also to help sharpen it in the process. And even then, it is only the beginning of what true game-based learning can do.
What is HTML5’s Part in Learning Gamification?
For most cases, when one wishes to apply game-based learning or training, they would design or commission a custom software to personalize it in accordance to the taught materials. While some learning games does well to help sharpen the subconscious, at times, we would need to train the conscious mind as well. These learning/training comes in the form of memorizing facts or understanding concepts rather than the mind’s process of thought.
The problem with a full-scale custom game-based training however, is that it is costly. It works to help engage and teach things efficiently, but at times at too steep of a price to even consider. HTML5 games are a cheaper alternative to this. They cannot be as in-depth as full softwares, but they are compact and engaging enough to help supplement learning topics, if not, fully teach single topics.
Examples and Analysis
This game is featured in our article about the general explanation of HTML5 Learning Games.
In this game, you try to solve the math equations that take the form of balloons before they fly up in the air. The more right answers you have, the harder it will be.
This game helps teaches and sharpens a variety of your brain’s skill set other than its capabilities to solve simple equations. One of them being your brain’s processing speed. The more you play this game and grow accustomed to it, you’ll find that you can solve these equations quicker and quicker until eventually this is subtly reflected on your daily activities. Work that you usually find cumbersome slowly becomes easier to process as you go about them faster and faster albeit very slightly.
This game is a perfect example of a learning game in general. And can easily be replaced with things such as factoids or even simpler financial formulas that you can answer by typing it in for a more practical use.
Featured in our article regarding Gamified HTML5 Advertising, this game originally is intended for learning purposes.
In this game, you will be given simple trivia questions and have to fill the answer by rearranging the letters. Your goal is simply to answer each question before the timer runs out and see how far you make it.
While this is quite a random trivia question at the moment, this game can easily be customized to become the replacement of regular quizzes within learning. Let’s say that your user was given a course and then given this by the end of it with the answers being relevant to the course. Most likely, it will prove much more engaging to those that have gone through the course well. It is also much more accurate and helpful to measure the capabilities of those that had lagged behind.
HTML5 has great potential as a method of game-based learning and can often work just as well as full-sized programs in more specific areas. Or it may also help as supplements to pre-existing modules and/or training programs as well.