Origin Learning : Making Learning Fun with Gamification

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Vasanthi Balasubramanian, CEO
Once upon a time, the great Chinese philosopher Confucius said, "Tell me, and I will forget. Show me, and I may remember. Involve me, and I will understand." Scenario-based learning takes this philosophy forward and is an excellent fit to train adults at the workplace. Employees prefer to learn independently, and self-paced learning that is autonomous is an ideal place to deploy SBL. By building on previous experiences, be it at work, school or college, or family, one connects better and learns with SBL that focuses on such experiences. Goal-oriented courses that have relevant learning content, consistently score better. When it is made in the format of an SBL program, the odds are better for the program's success. At Origin Learning, the company works on different types of eLearning projects for leading global companies using scenario-based learning for workplace training.

Corporate learning is entering a new era – one of social, collaborative, and talent-driven learning. Origin has helped its clients employ a culturally diverse workforce, and a significant number of these employees work on multiple projects simultaneously. The challenge is for managers to get clarity on reporting structures the flexible team composition, understand the cultural differences of their team members, and manage them effectively. The operational and reporting matrix includes a complex dotted line with many managers working with virtual teams for the first time. This makes it imperative for them to be equipped with the skills to manage diverse personnel and derive the best possible results leading to a positive impact on the business. The client wanted a solution that could help managers understand the cultural differences of their team members, simplify the workflow, and help improve team dynamics. Origin designed a blended learning program that consisted of 7 courses – with four online training sessions and three virtual instructor-led training sessions.
The program is structured towards focused learning outcomes and transferability of skills to the job. Secondly, the content focuses on three critical behavioral aspects – agility, resilience, and diversity. And at last, the program starts with a quick introduction, followed by a survey for those taking up the program.

Today's workers still need formal training built around specific problems and talent needs; however, they also need the availability of a "learning environment" in which they can find information, collaborate and build their learning plans. The learning organization must go beyond the disciplines of building content. Designed as a self-awareness tool, Origin's survey prepares learners for the subsequent sections of the program using the scenario-based problem-solving technique. Scenarios where managers would have to resolve an issue and participants were asked to come up with solutions. The assessment feedback was structured to offer participants the correct answer. The client reported a significant improvement in the interaction between managers and their virtual team members and the overall work environment on deploying the program. Further, the managerial on-boarding process was simplified by the addition of this training program and offered a clear insight into the challenges of handling virtual and matrix teams.

From schools to leading corporate giants, gamification is being successfully used to train students and employees, respectively. Origin understands that gamification of learning is not just an afterthought but a core pillar of modern workplace learning and training. That's why Origin provides bespoke services to converge all these three elements at the same time. They drive players above the activation threshold (motivation) and trigger them to do specific actions by gradually enhancing their ability to do those actions. However, it is important to remember that gamification is not about the game. It is about taking the essence of what makes games so appealing, decoding the mechanics that make them work, and applying them to achieve learning or behavioral outcomes.

Company
Origin Learning

Headquarters
Austin, TX

Management
Vasanthi Balasubramanian, CEO

Description
Origin Learning works on different types of eLearning projects for leading global companies using scenario-based learning for workplace training. Origin has helped its clients employ a culturally diverse workforce, and a significant number of these employees work on multiple projects simultaneously. The challenge is for managers to get clarity on reporting structures the flexible team composition, understand the cultural differences of their team members, and manage them effectively