Three ways to drive peer encouragement

Although smartphones are typically a personal device, there are many features of Ed that can be capitalized on to increase peer encouragement with your mobile microlearning.

Whether it is connecting geographically separated staff, establishing a forum of encouragement or facilitating the sharing of results, Ed enables you to instill a cohesive culture across your team.

Here are three ways Ed can help you drive peer encouragement.

1. Group rewards

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Even if you have retail staff in a variety geographical locations, or sales teams spanning several departments, you can enable peer encouragement within your team.

For example, within Ed it is possible to set a group target with specified learning goals. If these goals are met additional rewards can be offered, in this case using the Ed star system. Should a group, department or team reach their learning target, additional stars are rewarded. In this way, learners will motivate each other to reach their collective goal so as not to miss out on their additional star reward.

Hence, by offering stars for reaching a standard that can only be achieved as a team, you can encourage and motivate collaboration regardless of physical proximity.

2. Make it real

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While the display of upcoming prizes and recent winners are a way to encourage participation on Ed, the Recent Winners feed also serves as a forum for peer encouragement.

Our recent winners reel demonstrates to learners that winning not only happens frequently, but is also highly achievable. When learners see their peers winning tangible prizes regularly, enthusiasm to earn more stars increases.

In addition to the motivation derived from recognizing colleagues’ names in the recent winners reel, prize winners are asked to share a short piece of advice for their peers. These tips are often words of encouragement such as “winning is possible if you complete your tasks on time,” facilitating a forum of peer encouragement for your learners.

3. Sharing results

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Gamification elements such as learning-content games and achievement badges, effectively establish a form of competition to motivate your competitive learners as they want to continually ‘one-up’ their peers. While creating a culture of competition and friendly banter, they also increase peer encouragement when shared.

When a user completes a game, receives an achievement or wins a prize at the Star Bar, they are encouraged to share the result. For example on Ed, we constantly see users sharing their highest scores to demonstrate their prowess at particular games.

The sharing of results encourages users to return to course content, either motivating repeat gameplay or serving as a reminder to complete lessons. In contrast to learning on a desktop, learners are able to react instantly, completing a game or additional course on the spot.

Ed & Peer encouragement

With Ed you can leverage the above features to foster strong teamwork within your employees. Encourage collaboration and peer motivation with the reward of stars, start water cooler conversations surrounding game scores or simply provide a framework for prizewinners to advise fellow colleagues on how to win. Utilizing these Ed elements will not only help you reach new engagement rates, but also achieve a cohesive and encouraging workplace.

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