If you find the term “game” unsettling, you can also call it a “simulation”.
Why is “gaming” so effective in learning? Marie-Jo Leroux, Director of 42 Comets, explains it as follows:
- Emotion: The game seeks to involve the learner’s emotions by immersing him in participative situations and by stimulating his desire to find solutions in order to succeed.
- Interactions: Playing games promotes teamwork and competition, and it naturally encourages learners to interact with each other, further reinforcing the learning process.
- Active cognition: In a playful environment, well-designed puzzles and challenges engage several cognitive faculties of the player, thus facilitating retention of information.
- Framework of Practice: That playful environment provides a framework in which the learner can explore, discover, practice, fail, and succeed at will. By performing tasks at his own pace and in a safe environment, he increases his learning capabilities.