Most young people these days have a great interest in playing video games. In fact, some even have an almost fanatical interest in them. The point of using 3D video games is to take advantage of the interest that young people have in playing them. It is not intended to strengthen anyone’s habit for playing video games. Students are going to continue playing video games whether you want them to or not. This means you might as well have them benefit by learning as they play. This is a very effective way of coupling the two scenarios. As an educator, you can achieve your goals by imparting a desired body of knowledge to your students.

3D Games for eLearning

Using 3D games to promote eLearning is a very effective approach. It has the fun and excitement of a video game. It also has the educational value gained from the specific processes. Knowledge of playing the game is also necessary, so game objectives can be achieved. Here are the steps which will be necessary to set up your own 3D game. Then you can use it to accomplish your own goals with eLearning.

Choose a Game Environment

First, you’ll need to establish a graphical environment. This will serve as the foundation for your 3D game. It will increase the value and interest of the game scenario and the necessary gameplay. which your students will carry out. To make it easy on yourself, you should use a game authoring tool such as ITyStudio. This software contains a whole library full of content. The content can be used to select your game environment. All you really have to do is choose a suitable environment as the background for your 3D game. Choose appealing characters. You’ll need some appealing characters to move throughout your environment. They will also carry out the action of your videogame. To maintain player interest, you should choose characters which have appeal to players. That means they should be age-appropriate. You can use the same software source, ITyStudio, to choose your characters. These should be characters which you think might be most appealing to your players.

Consider Game Skills

By now, you should have established a game environment. You should also have chosen characters to advance the game action. Now it’s time to give some thought to the kind of skills you’re trying to cultivate in your players and students. For example, maybe you’re trying to develop a game which is centered on retail sales. So you might want to emphasize skills like product knowledge or customer empathy. This is something else that can be easily arranged by using your ITyStudio software. For this, you must use the axes development feature of the software. You will be able to convey which skills you consider to be most important for game players. You’ll also want to establish a system of feedback for your players. This will help them to learn all the while that they’re playing. The feedback in your 3D game should show players what they did right and what they did wrong. Then they can modify their play next time to improve their performance. Naturally, there is a feedback management interface in the ITyStudio software too. This feature will allow you to set up feedback very easily and conveniently.

Setup Engaging Scenarios

When creating your scenarios, be sure they maintain the interest of your players. Also, be sure and provide motivation for them to succeed. Now you should have decided on some appropriate scenarios to use in your 3D video game. Go ahead and insert it into your ITyStudio software. This will allow it to be transformed into 3D simulation content. If you know drag-and-drop technique, you won’t have trouble setting up your scenarios.

Export Your Game to a Learning Management System

At this point, you should have created your 3D educational game, so you need to export it to your LMS platform. When your students begin using the educational 3D game, you should keep records. These records should detail who is playing the game and how successful they were. This will help you to determine whether they’re making progress or not. You’ll also know whether the educational aspect of the video game is being effective. You should notice player scores gradually increasing. That will tell you that students are grasping the skills and the principles you wanted them to. So learning in your 3D video game was a success.

Improving Player Performance

There is tremendous potential for learning through game technology. That means it stands to reason that you would want to achieve maximum performance on games being played by your students. The game-playing itself is not really effective in communicating skills to the player. That means it has to be adapted for maximum efficiency and maximum learning. By adapting your 3D video game scenario to a genuine learning situation, it will be much more effective. You will be able to increase the knowledge and skills of your players in a number of areas. Some of these areas are customer service, sales training, employee performance, and patient coaching.

Popular eLearning Games

Some of the most popular eLearning games of recent times are the following:

  • Extraas — this game teaches the Dutch language as well as Mathematics to students.
  • Ticken — a game which reinforces touch-typing skills learned by the user.
  • Theorie Examine Trainer — an eLearning game that helps players learn skills related to driving autos, motorcycles, and scooters.
  • Dragonbox Elements — teaches players about geometry while engaging them in gameplay.
  • Pacific — a game that imparts skills to players which are important for eventual Leadership.

If you have been impressed with the potential for instructing your students through 3D video game play, you should definitely either make use of current popular games, or design your own with the help of game software. Your students will have a very enjoyable time playing the game, and they will learn valuable skills all the while they’re playing.

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Reviewed by Vadim Dyvlyash
Head of Business Development at Aristek Systems
“Learning through play (LTP) concept used nowadays in education is a perfect example of how eLearning could be more efficient while using 3D technologies”

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