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Totara Recipe: How to introduce learning games into your strategy

Gamification has become one of e-learning’s hottest buzzwords, but getting your head in the game can seem like a daunting and expensive prospect for many organisations. Our recipe will help ensure you’re fully prepared to embrace this exciting element of learning technologies for truly game-changing learning.


  • An LMS or platform on which to host the game
  • Game design software
  • A game designer
  • A graphics expert
  • An open-minded audience


  • Play other games designed with similar objectives to yours in mind to get a feel for what works and what doesn’t as a real player
  • Decide on a realistic approach based on your budget and timeframes. The more complex the game, the more expensive it will be to build
  • Work out how you can communicate your learning message effectively using game mechanics. Will it be a simulation? A puzzle game? An open-world exploration game?


  • Start small - get the basic game mechanics right and test with a pilot group before spending your entire budget
  • Build failure into the game. Failure provides effective learning opportunities
  • Ensure the theme is engaging and cohesive with the objective of the game
  • Introduce shareable elements to encourage competition, such as leaderboards, points, badges and rewards
  • Allow the game to collect data on performance to find out how people are performing and interacting with it

Serve and enjoy!

  • If the game is a success, consider adding more levels or challenges to enrich the learning experience
  • Secure testimonials from the most engaged players to help promote the game

Download the gamification recipe

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Webanywhere is the only Totara and Moodle Partner based in the UK, US and Eastern Europe. We work with some of the world’s largest companies ranging from Dollar General, Apollo Education Group, Zara, Dominos Pizza and Autotrader. Our learning environments impact everyday lives helping people improve in the workplace using the latest technologies, which ultimately results in improved business performance.

Since 2003, we have been creating immersive learning experiences for our partners, now used globally by over 3 million learners and 4,000 clients. We are a Crown Commercial Service Provider and G-Cloud supplier to the UK government.

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