While television game shows are entertaining, game shows in a training module must be structured for maximum learning. In a training situation the game show host must elaborate on answers, explain what was right or wrong and why, use game shows to inspire trainees to think about and absorb information, and use questions as a springboard into further learning.
Other differences include:
- Teams vs. Contestants: We recommend using teams consisting of two or more attendees each to increases collaboration and participation. When trainees collaborate, each one gets more out of the content and they learn from their peers.
- Encouragement vs. Embarrassment: While there is competition in a training game show, the focus is on what was learned not who answered incorrectly.
- Your Rules vs. TV Rules: Some of the television rules don’t work very well in a classroom. There’s nothing wrong with revising some of the rules in a game show providing you specify the rule changes in advance.