CTP’s learning strategy leverages in-course rewards as a motivator for learners. This model is called “gamification,” and incentivizes the learner to participate in a goal-based activity. As goals are achieved, the learner’s progress is acknowledged as they earn virtual rewards, such as points, badges, or access to a subsequent level.
Simulations can take a gamification model a step further, by introducing scenarios that are analogous to actual operating conditions to which the learner is exposed. Simulations are also referred to as “serious games,” because the learner is asked to engage is a cognitive challenge that requires critical thinking. Determining the correct level of challenge is an important factor in the success of a gamification or simulation environment.