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Gamifying Your Organization's Learning Experience

Community Member, Christina Nichols, shows you how to have a little FUN to help your co-workers learn. Give this blog a "LIKE" to vote for it to win the bbcon blog contest!
It typically happens slowly... staff changes, The Raisers Edge platform updates, leadership preferences. Suddenly you realize that the members of your organization are all using RE inconsistently or, worse, not at all. The "cadillac" of fundraising constituent databases is rusting in the garage.

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Your solution? Well, you have many options - cram everyone into a conference room for mandatory training (you'll provide lunch!), rejoice because there are fewer errors when fewer people use it (not the right answer - obviously), or try something new.

My suggestion? Gamify the learning experience for your organization.

Here's how to do it:
  1. Purchase a “Learn” package from Blackbaud University
  2. Create "teams" based upon roles
  3. Create a curriculum for each team (they’ll vary based upon needs of each role)
  4. Award points for completing activities – you can even create bonus activities
  5. Encourage teams to meet and discuss or even complete trainings together
  6. Celebrate and award prizes!
Posted by Crystal Bruce on Sep 3, 2018 8:28 PM America/New_York

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Good luck, Christina Nichols‍ !
  • Posted Tue 04 Sep 2018 09:54 AM EDT
10 points for Huffllepuff! I love this idea -- thanks :)
  • Posted Tue 04 Sep 2018 03:30 PM EDT
I LOVE this idea!!
  • Posted Thu 06 Sep 2018 03:49 PM EDT
I love this idea!
  • Posted Fri 07 Sep 2018 03:49 PM EDT
I can dig it. My current challenge is that we just upgraded to the cadilac and I still have folks riding around on their mopeds because that's how they've always gotten from point A to point B. 
  • Posted Thu 13 Sep 2018 09:25 PM EDT
Prizes are my love language.  Great idea!  (p.s. I totally stealing your "Cadillac rusting in the garage" analogy...)
  • Posted Wed 26 Sep 2018 10:00 AM EDT
I love gamification especially when it's embedded in software
  • Posted Thu 15 Nov 2018 02:24 PM EST
Great idea! A little healthy competition goes a long way!
  • Posted Tue 04 Dec 2018 11:14 AM EST