Update 01/24/2018: We’ve added a few new systems to the list and updated the information to be as current as possible.
A whopping 89% of LMS users report that they would be more engaged with their eLearning application if it had a points system.
Gamification works to engage students by applying game principles (points, progression, competition) to learning activities.
And, a lot of the time, it’s successful, helping your employees and your business grow, proving that games aren’t just for kids. They’re a real and effective corporate training strategy.
The demand for gamified learning just keeps rising, and learning games for businesses are expected to be an $11 billion dollar industry by 2020. Gamification is the fourth most desired eLearning feature based on LMS user research.
Yet learning management systems with an explicit focus on gamification are currently a little thin on the ground.
Below we’ll take a look at six systems that do have a gamification focus and what they can do for your gamified learning program.
*Software options are listed in alphabetical order
1. Academy LMS
Academy LMS student profile
Designed by Growth Engineering, Academy LMS is built entirely around gamification—in fact, their other products include a game-based content authoring tool and custom content creation focused on engagement. It’s not an LMS that has gamification added, it’s an LMS that relies on gamification to function at all. If you’re looking for a ground-up gamified system, Academy might be a good choice.
- Social learning
Price: Quotes by request
2. Accord LMS
Accord LMS users and badges
Accord LMS utilizes a partnership with social technology company Evoq Social to integrate game elements into its learning management system. The gamified features include a leaderboard and badges that update instantly, and a points-based reputation system that displays how knowledgeable an employee is to their colleagues.
Community managers have access to analytics across courses, giving insight into how learners are interacting with gamified courses.
- Activity points
- User profiles and dashboards
Price: Accord starts at $297 per month for up to 200 learners, but does charge extra for the gamification module.
Axonify completion board
Axonify builds gamification into the bones of its learning solution. Not only does it include game-like elements such as points, awards, badges, and leaderboards, it includes a host of actual games right in the application itself.
These short games (imagine Candy Crush or Memory) intersperse game playing with subject-related questions that are triggered by certain game actions (for instance, if you match three squares of the same color, a question will pop up). According to Axonify, this type of testing helps employees retain knowledge better.
- Social learning
- Microlearning features on mobile
Price: Quotes by request
ExpertusONE course catalog
This cloud-based LMS also includes full gamification functionality. ExpertusONE uses its core features to focus on learner motivation, with a point and progress tracking system that encourages growth rather than punishing stagnation.
- Progress tracking
- Customizable badges
Price: Subscription model quotes by request
5. Matrix LMS
The Matrix LMS dashboard
A relative newcomer to the gamified LMS field, Matrix LMS has some extensive gamification capabilities, including the ability to use rules to set when certain badges appear. This creates added flexibility within the system as you can customize the badges to your own specifications instead of using pre-existing goals.
Price: Matrix LMS starts at $149 a month for 20 active students.
TalentLMS is highly-rated software that supports points that can be customized per action (such as when someone logs in, completes a course, a test etc.). Each course can award a different amount of points depending on its scale of difficulty.
TalentLMS also offers customizable badges that are compatible with Mozilla’s OpenBadges initiative, which is a well-known system that carries weight in a lot of industries, letting learners collect and display all of their badges in a single place.
Price: TalentLMS is free for up to five users and ten courses, and starts at $29 per month after that.
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