Improving performance in today’s fast-paced business world necessitates that our learning experiences be not only effective and engaging, but also time sensitive. Combining both online and real-world elements, Alternate Reality Games (ARGs) specifically designed for immersive learning meets this need for context and time sensitivity while at the same time providing excitement and motivation around the learning activities.
How It Works
Minimal Time Commitment
Game play typically spans several weeks, but doesn’t need substantial blocks of time from the learners. These experiences provide learners with an opportunity to practice new skills in a setting that is realistic, contextual, and with minimal disruption to daily responsibilities.
Designers of the experience construct a problem narrative and storyline elements that play out in parallel to daily work activities. Learners engage in the experience by interacting with game characters, collaborating with peers, solving problems, and identifying clues that drive the storyline forward.
Although a compelling theme and storyline are critical to an effective ARG, the context and setting remain authentic so that learners can apply knowledge and practice new skills in realistic situations.
The design and structure ensures that learning goals and objectives are met and targeted outcomes are reached through the practice and interactions presented in the experience.
Scoring And Competition
The online portal is the main access point for players during the game for clue entry, team and individual scores and rankings, and announcements. There is also a forum where players can interact.
Applied Game Design
The application of game
mechanics to human
experiences designed to
motivate behaviour change
and increase engagement.