The Story Behind Game Learning
Game based Learning – Innovate the way you learn
By KHUSHBOO SRIVASTAVA
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn” – (Benjamin Franklin)
As we say knowledge is meant for all age groups similarly are games. We all know in today’s era concept of learning is changing. everyone is moving from traditional classroom training to E learning platform.
Why game based learning?
Game-based learning is like that song from Mary Poppins: ‘A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Medicine Go Down.’ So what makes gameplay as addictive as sugar?
When we say we love games’ don’t think anyone of you would disagree.. it’s true! And games are such an important part of learning and development.
game-based learning can improve creativity, motivation, and develop transferable skills which aid employability, that’s why we selected this type of intervention @ OneLearning Edusphere.
Each and every time we learn something new our brain forms new connections and neurons and makes existing neural pathways stronger or weaker. Dendrites in your neurons get signals from other dendrites, and the signals travel along the axon, which connects them to other neurons and dendrites.
Brain science or what we call “Chemical Locha” behind this–
Endorphins are neurotransmitters that are released in the brain when we get the feeling of satisfaction, success, or general achievement! Gamers get the same euphoric feeling of achievement when they complete computer games. The bigger the challenge, the bigger the motivation, and the bigger the reward is when the final hurdle is reached.
Along with endorphins, dopamine is a feel-good hormone that’s released in the prefrontal cortex when we feel pleasure. This could mean food, sex, laughter or watching cats on YouTube. Past studies found that the levels of dopamine doubled when gamers played video games.
The reason why majority of population own a games console is because down to the release of feel-good chemicals such as oxytocin! How is it related to video games? When the gamer plays character-driven games, or narrative-led games, oxytocin is released as they form an affinity and a kinship with the characters in the game itself.
Like dopamine, serotonin is a neurotransmitter that affects your mental health. It affects your mood, memory, sleep quality, appetite and perhaps most importantly, our ability to learn. So it’s important to get lots of it. Luckily, serotonin is released when gaming. Studies show that children who played one hour of video games per day showed a boost in creativity, focus and positive social behavior, all things that are essential for our capacity to learn.
Cortisol is a stress hormone. Originally, it’s believed we developed it to help us get out of dangerous situations, like being chased by hungry lions. If we overproduce cortisol, then it can work the other way, and become dangerous for us. Gaming helps reduce cognitive fatigue, frustration and anxiety, all feelings related to cortisol.
This means that gameplay has the power to be chemically addictive. Add in a little training and you’ve got yourself one happy learner!
We at One|Learning go a step ahead to make e-learning platform more engaging and creative by topping up with game based learning concepts so that Learning never stops
“A Step towards connecting with Chemical Locha”