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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What Millennials Want from Member Education

  Q3. What type of education offerings does the incoming generation want and how is what they want different from other generations? #assnchat — Association Chat (@assnchat) June 3, 2014 This question caught my eye in a recent association chat on Twitter. As a member of the incoming generation, I think it is crucial to [...]

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How to Compete with FREE eLearning

Everyone loves free. Free coffee, free Wi-Fi, just about anything “free” is good, right? Not necessarily. And if your association has plans to sell your next online course or webinar, you might not be too excited to hear your competitor is offering a similar product for free. How can you possibly compete with free? Who [...]

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eLearning Storyboards: How to Create A Clear Road Map Everyone Can Follow

It’s the time of year when many of us make travel plans with family or friends. Maybe it’s a ski vacation, a trip to Walt Disney World, or a road trip to visit relatives. When you think about it, an eLearning project is a lot like taking a trip; we have a destination in mind, [...]

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The Story Arc Model: Combining Simulation and Story to Create Memorable Learning

When I began my career 20 years ago, I was designing some of the earliest CD-ROM based simulations for the US Navy. These experiences involved free-play interactions that used sophisticated algorithms, variable tracking, and multipathing. And they were very daunting for instructional designers to create. With all of the variables, I was constantly faced with [...]

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