Chapter 2

Why Games, Gamification, and Simulations for Learning?


  • What are the wrong reasons for implementing an ILE into an organization?
  • Why does it matter if an ILE is for the wrong reason?
  • What are the right reasons for implementing an ILE into an organization?
  • What are the potential positive outcomes of implementing for the right reasons?


Alexander Pope, in his work “An Essay on Criticism,” famously observed “fools rush in where angels fear to tread.”1 Unfortunately, the same is often said of efforts involving games, gamification, and simulations. It is not uncommon for an interactive learning initiative to be undertaken for the wrong reasons and subsequently fail miserably. The game doesn’t teach the content, ...

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