Serious Games Study Reveals 60% Improvement in New Trainee Performance
A recent study conducted by the UK Navy shows a marked improvement in new recruits’ performance after changing their traditional classroom-taught course to a course that included an immersive, 3d serious game. The study shows how the Maritime Warfare School took one of it’s historically worst performing courses and turned it into an immersive simulation. The simulation allowed new recruits to experience their roles as if they were actually on board the ship and the results revealed that recruits who took part in the simulation course reduced the need for additional training by almost 60%.
As you can imagine, a reduction in training requirements for a cohort of new navy recruits can reduce resource cost substantially in terms of both time and money. If the investment in serious games and performance simulations to deliver training modules is proven to facilitate real, monetary savings then perhaps the men who measure ROI so closely will start to support the introduction of more of these types of serious games courses into their training departments.
What better time to introduce effective cost saving measures that improve performance than in an age of austerity and pocket pinching!
For the full study on how the military’s introduction of a serious games course into their training schedules improved performance, take a look here.