Gamification or Game-Based Learning? What’s the Difference?

Gamification and game-based learning (sometimes abbreviated GBL) are both hot topics and the terms are often used interchangeably. They’re not the same thing, but a lot of the definitions and explanations that are floating around aren’t very clear. Hopefully this will help: gamification is icing and GBL is cake. Gamification, “Icing” Gamification is primarily used [...]

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Education Balancing Act: Asynchronous, Synchronous, and Blended Learning

What do you think of when you hear the term eLearning? Maybe your mind jumps to webinars or interactive courses in a Learning Management System (LMS). There are many different types of eLearning, so it isn’t surprising that they can be divided into categories. Let’s explore them and take a look at their advantages and [...]

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Don’t Treat Beginners and Experienced Learners the Same Way

Some time ago, I was cast as a chorus member in a musical. I could sing and read music, but I didn’t have any experience dancing. So, I was a beginner for one set of skills, but not for the other. Everyone had to learn everything together though, despite the fact that we were at [...]

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Another Lens for Viewing Your eLearning

There is more than one way to look at an object. You can view it from the front or back, close up or far away, and so on. This is also true of eLearning. So, this post is going to consider it from a different perspective. There are nine elements of good instruction you can [...]

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5 Ways to Bring Contextual Learning to Your Association

Then it exploded. By itself, this sentence doesn’t say much. What exploded and was it supposed to? Why did it blow up? Are we talking about a car in an action movie, a firework, or some leftovers that were microwaved for too long? Without context the information is meaningless. eLearning works the same way. Making [...]

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Education Programs Prepared With Purpose

Training can be used to help teach many different things including facts, step-by-step processes, and soft skills like team work. So, it shouldn’t be a surprise that there are different ways to teach and assess these various types of learning. It’s usually easier to create learning offerings for the lower levels of learning, like memorizing [...]

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Don’t Just Tell, Show: the Value of Examples

I found something interesting while cleaning off an old shelf recently. It was a children’s story called Officer Buckle and Gloria, by Peggy Rathmann. I planned on reading it one last time and then donating it. Instead, I kept the book. Here’s a summary. Officer Buckle is a police officer. He spends a lot of [...]

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PowerPoint or Prezi: Which is Best for eLearning?

The question is becoming more and more common — “Should I use PowerPoint (PPT) or Prezi?” The two presentation programs share many of the same features, such as the ability to include text, images, audio, and video. But whereas PowerPoint tends to progress linearly from one slide to the next in a fixed sequence, Prezi [...]

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Using PDF Job Aids for Just-in-Time Training

When someone is on the job and needs an answer fast they don’t have time to go through a whole eLearning course. They need an answer they can get to just-in-time. This is where job aids come in, especially PDFs since they can be printed out or accessed on a device without giving the viewer [...]

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Tips for Working Successfully with an eLearning Partner

According to the old saying, “it takes a village to raise a child.” Similarly, in eLearning, it takes a team to create a course. You might have a different person in each role or you may have a few people wearing multiple hats, but it’s unlikely you’re creating an online course alone. Three of the [...]

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