A quasi-study at the University of Hong-Kong revealed that leaderboards will significantly improve participation, cognitive effort and will have a major impact on performance.
In one of the most revelatory research study of gamified learning experiences, the importance of leaderboards was again emphasized as many participants mentioned completing activities because they were contributing to the final score where they could see how they rank in respect to others.
This example is based on a yearly course that is taken by all managers in a large organization. It provides a detailed overview of the appraisal process that is performed each January. Most managers have previously taken similar training in an instructor-led format.
In order to better engage managers in taking the course, at the end of each formative activity a leaderboard is presented showing the total number of points gathered through the course and the rank in relation to others taking the course.