“We are ready to level up on learning innovation in the Philippines.” Joyce Pilapil, Centre Director of the Humanitarian Leadership Academy Philippines declares as she welcomes the participants to the Learning SHIFT (Scaling up Humanitarian knowledge Integrating Fun and Technology) gamification workshop in the Philippines.

The Learning SHIFT was conducted on March 28-30 2017 at the First Pacific Leadership Academy, Antipolo. In partnership with the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organisation (ITC-ILO), the workshop provided the space to shift learning in the humanitarian sector into a more engaging, fun and effective experience.

Global Learning Director of the Humanitarian Leadership Academy Atish Gonsalves’ question “How do you combine the knowledge on the ground with the best of technology to save lives?” nicely sums up the purpose of the workshop.

The Academy promotes Gamification as an advantageous strategy that can help increase knowledge and application when it comes to humanitarian responses. The Academy’s role as a facilitator supports individuals, local responders and organisations to save lives through better learning.

The workshop brought together 27 humanitarian, learning, government organisations, institutions and innovation labs to learn about gamification and how it can be used as a learning tool in their own work.

Through gamification steps of empathizing, defining, ideating, prototyping, testing, six games were developed using game elements such as scoring, images, videos, story, roles and others.

Aurma Manlangit from the Ateneo School of Government shared how the workshop teaches how to use games to enhance learning: “It was very easy to understand, especially for the young. And for the old, gamification is going to be interesting. The use of games in order to learn is something that resonates with all of us. It really helps in the retention of concepts, facts…and using technology in terms of maximizing what a learner can learn. [Gamification] makes learning easy and understandable.”

Dianne, Associate Project Officer from the Development Academy of the Philippines said: [The training] really opened many opportunities especially on designing trainings. It gave me more ideas on how to improve our trainings at the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP).

“I will share [the training] to my colleagues and I will try my best to have them appreciate this method as much as I have appreciated it…It opened me to a more diverse concept of innovation- that it is not just turning old ways to new but making it more interactive, more enjoyable… as it makes [the lives of trainers] much easier.”

What next?

We will continue to focus on the creation and dissemination of practical innovation skills through our partnerships to support local humanitarian actors. If you are interested in finding out more about our innovation work and discuss partnership opportunities, please email us.

About our innovation strategy

Innovation is one of the key pillars of our core strategy. We aim to promote innovation in the field of learning and learning about innovation. Our innovation strategy is investing in what works on the ground – bringing together the recognition, support, networks, and dissemination to support learning and innovation. We will do this through partnerships managed by the Academy Centres; focusing on the creation and dissemination of practical innovation skills through our partnerships into humanitarian actors in local communities.

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