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ICYMI Webinar Recap for October 2018: Make Your Staff Training Fun with Gamification

Posted by on November 2nd, 2018

The In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) Webinar Recap series will provide a summary of our monthly SCR CONNECTions webinars. We’ll go over highlights from our guest speakers’ presentations and give some additional thoughts about the connections our attendees could be making from the presented topics!

Do you struggle making obligatory trainings interesting and engaging for your staff? Want to learn how to turn “boring” and “mandatory” into “motivated” and “self-driven”? Then our last SCR CONNECTions webinar is one you don’t want to miss!

Our guest speakers hail from Cline Library at Northern Arizona University, where gamification transforms staff and student worker training into a fun and engaging experience. Andrew See, Head of User Services and Experience, laid out solid justification not only for gamification, but for hiring a dedicated training coordinator to design and coordinate the learning needs for new and current staff. It ensures consistency and helps keep your staff engaged, increasing retention, reducing time needed for onboarding, and saving money in the long term.

Bridget Rowen, who works with Andrew as the Training Coordinator for User Services and Experience, provided a look at some of the gamification tools and strategies she has used for Cline Library, from buttons and badges to scavenger hunts and chore wars. Some keys to gamifying training are making it interactive, giving instant feedback to the user, providing opportunity for competition, and the optimism to succeed.

Another important thing to consider when designing your training is whether gamification is right for you and your needs. Serious topics often shouldn’t be gamified, for example. And remember that it’s supposed to be fun, so don’t get too attached to something that’s not working and be prepared to move on and try something new!

Check out the full webinar here:

The next SCR CONNECTions webinar is sure to be a popular one! Learn how you can assist NASA with one of their citizen science efforts and Help Us Combat the World’s Most Dangerous Animal with an App! on Wednesday, November 14th at 10am CT / 9am MT!

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