October 20, 2023

Game-Based Learning vs. Microlearning: Why Games are the Key to Winning in 2024

Dana Bernardino

Ready to win 2024?

As we approach the cusp of 2024, every organization is strategizing to empower their teams for the challenges ahead. While numerous training methodologies are vying for attention, game-based learning and microlearning are often positioned as frontrunners.

At 1Huddle, we have decades of gameplay, which has given us distinct insights into the strengths and limitations of these approaches. Let’s dive deep into why we believe games trump microlearning for robust results.

Why Game-Based Learning Outshines Microlearning:

1. Holistic Engagement: While games are innately attention-grabbing, they offer more than just surface engagement. They stimulate genuine curiosity, motivate learners to explore content in-depth and facilitate a comprehensive understanding.

2. Practical Application: Game-based learning’s strength lies in its ability to simulate real-world scenarios. This contextual application of knowledge is often missing in microlearning, making games a superior choice for retention and skill development.

3. Development of Diverse Skills: Beyond knowledge transfer, games cultivate a wide range of soft skills. From decision-making to teamwork, games provide a multifaceted learning experience.

The Limitations of Microlearning:

1. Surface-Level Understanding: By design, microlearning covers topics quickly, often leading to a mere cursory grasp. This “microresult” can be insufficient for complex subjects or when a deeper comprehension is required.

2. Lack of Retention: The brief nature of microlearning might offer quick fixes but doesn’t necessarily ensure long-term memory retention.

3. Missed Opportunities for Skill Development: While microlearning can introduce a topic, it rarely provides the environment to nurture varied skills or critical thinking.

Our experience with game-based learning has consistently shown its transformative impact on teams. While microlearning has its proponents, we’ve found that the depth, engagement, and skill development offered by games are unmatched. In the race to 2024, we firmly believe that brands looking to win 2024 need to switch to game-based learning.

As 2024 looms on the horizon, it’s imperative for organizations to choose training methodologies that offer more than just quick fixes. Depth, engagement, and comprehensive skill development are the needs of the hour. Game-based learning, with its immersive and comprehensive approach, promises to be the key for teams aiming for substantial growth and success in the upcoming year.

No more “microresults” in 2024!

About 1Huddle

1Huddle is a coaching and development platform that uses quick-burst mobile games to more quickly and effectively educate, elevate, and energize your workforce — from frontline to full-time.

With a mobile-first approach to preparing the modern worker, a mobile library of 3,000+ quick-burst employee skill games, an on-demand game marketplace that covers 16 unique workforce skill areas, and the option for personalized content, 1Huddle is changing the way organizations think about their training – from a one-time boring onboarding experience to a continuous motivational tool. 

Key clients include Loews Hotels, Novartis, Madison Square Garden, PIMCO, TAO Group, and the United States Air Force. To learn more about 1Huddle and its platform, please visit 1huddle.co.

Dana Bernardino, Manager of Digital Marketing at 1Huddle

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