If we view these as tools in our toolbox of “ways to keep learners engaged” and then marry them with game mechanics, game elements and digital capabilities, it’s easy to see how we can offer enough support to our online learner to keep them challenged “just enough” (Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s “Flow” state) to help them stay on task and stay engaged with their lessons.
Second, research strongly indicates that what makes an interactive learning experience effective is the learners' level of activity as they participate in the activity. If learners are engaged, they learn more and retain the knowledge longer. If the interactive learning event has a large number of passive elements and the learner is forced to observe for much of the interactive learning event, the learning is limited.
That's why the RainmakerVT simulations continuously challenge lawyers to make decisions about what they'll say or do next within each scenario. The idea is to keep them in the (virtual) moment, just as they must do in the real world.
In-depth interviews with more than 100 lawyers confirms that these simulations contain enough game value to assure engagement. They described the courses as "challenging," "engaging," "stimulating," "realistic scenarios and dialog," "convenient" and "fun."
Don't take our word for it. Read the lawyers' verbatim comments for yourself.
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