Gamification and Virtual Reality for Entrepreneurship Training

ILO Academy on entrepreneurship gamification / Académie de l'OIT sur la gamification de l'entrepreneuriat / Academia OIT sobre gamificación para la formación emprendedora

Gamification and Virtual Reality for Entrepreneurship Training

10–28 June 2024
The course is available in English, Español
Introduction to the course

In response to the challenges faced by traditional entrepreneurship training methods and biases towards "born entrepreneurs," integrating gamification and virtual reality (VR) technology has emerged as an inclusive and innovative approach. These tools offer immersive, engaging experiences that transcend traditional learning settings, fostering creativity, critical thinking, and practical skills applicable to real-world entrepreneurial challenges, ultimately democratizing access to entrepreneurship education and empowering individuals from diverse backgrounds to unlock their entrepreneurial potential.

The course seeks to introduce entrepreneurship trainers to new ways of teaching by using game dynamics. Gamification and Serious Games motivate participants and promote their active participation in learning. This training will leverage Virtual Reality tools to showcase some of the ILO's Entrepreneurship Games.

This training will enable participants to:

  • Experiment and apply the approach "learning by playing"
  • Familiarize themselves with the ILO Entrepreneurship Games
  • Test the opportunities offered by Virtual Reality for learning
Who attends this course?

This course is designed for trainers and educators in the areas of entrepreneurship, such as ILO certified trainers and master trainers of SIYB, KAB, My.COOP, GET Ahead, or other trainers who would like to complement their entrepreneurship training with gamification tools. Whilst prior entrepreneurship training experience is an assumption, no VR experience is expected.

What topics does this course cover?

Each week, we will have two technical webinars, where we will explore the fundamentals of serious games, and a virtual reality session, where we will simulate and analyse a game from the ILO’s Entrepreneurship Game Collection. The topics we will cover include:

  • The gamification approach to design and implement activities for adult learning.
  • The ILO entrepreneurship games as an innovative tool that can be used independently or as a complement to other entrepreneurship training programs, such as Start and Improve Your Business (SIYB), Know Your Business (KAB) or Startup&go.
  • The potential of Virtual Reality as a new learning tool and its potential to create interactive environments.
  • Definition and purpose of Gamification and Serious Games for Entrepreneurship
  • Principles of Game Design and Gamification techniques
  • Implementing entrepreneurship games in a classroom and online setting
  • Assessing and evaluating serious games for entrepreneurship training
What will i be able to do?

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Unpack the concepts of gamification and serious games and how they can be applied in entrepreneurship training
  • Identify key principles of game design and gamification techniques relevant to entrepreneurship education
  • Use effective strategies to adapt and implement serious games tailored to entrepreneurship training needs
  • Explore techniques to design serious games, starting from the training objectives
  • Apply gamification principles to session planning and design
  • Use Virtual Reality as a tool to facilitate learning
Why should i join?

In the context of the increasing use and potential of gamification in training and education, the combination of entrepreneurship games and Virtual Reality promises to be a perfect match of innovative learning tools for entrepreneurship trainers. It enables participants to learn and evolve their skills by immersing themselves into virtual environments.

  • Are you an entrepreneurship trainer?
  • Are you into games?
  • Are you keen to explore the potential of VR?


                                                           Then this is definitely your course!

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