I have asked training and development professionals why they use training games. The answers were so numerous that it resulted in a series of articles. You can read more about that at Why do we use training games?
Here you will find arguments (original spelling) falling into the category I called:
Each and every learning style
In my experience the most preferred learning style of modern learners is visual and kinesthetic which makes trainings games a desired format of learning. The younger generations in the workforce prefer to learn through training games.
A game brings out emotions naturally and can help the learning stick.
In a theoretical session, the participants will primarily use one sense to learn viz. hearing. To some extent, the visual sense will be engaged if you have something other than graphs and words. However, expecting the emotion factor to come into play here is a waste, since a lot of people will feel bored and get turned off after a while. The learning will not stick unless repeated like the way we learnt multiplaction tables.
People learn in a variety of ways and catering for many learning needs/styles in one course can be a challenge, so having games (or whatever you might refer to them as – ice breakers/tasks/activities etc) can enable learners to digest information in a different way to the rest of the session.
Training games use three senses not just one. Generally laughter is involved too which is proven activate memory receptors. Laughter, doing, thinking and listening 4 ways to impress on the mind instead of one.
It also helps ensure all learning styles are covered within each session as through the games and the subsequent debrief discussions, we can offer something for the activists, theorists, pragmatists and reflectors within the group.
Games involve the participant with all their 5 senses in it, while roping in them mentally & emotionally too. Post the game experience, when they reflect in groups their learning, they REALISE a lot during the discussions, their areas of improvement. Re-engineering the needs and Re-living as per that becomes easy
Each and every learning style? Share your thoughts below.