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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Four Wishes for LMS Buyers

Every week, like clockwork, I get a call from someone who wants me to recommend an LMS for their association or small business.  The conversation goes something like this…Typical Phone Call Example If an eLearning Genie would come out of a bottle and grant me four wishes for my LMS buyers, here is what I’d [...]

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Why Negative Reinforcement is Actually Quite Positive!

Today, I wanted to talk about a misnomer I hear all the time that drives me up a wall. Negative reinforcement. Many people hear the phrase and picture scenes of scolding and beratement. They believe that since positive reinforcement means rewarding someone then negative reinforcement must mean punishing someone. I’d like to clear this up [...]

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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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Anticipating Risk in Online Learning

So, you’ve decided to embrace online learning at your association. You know what a source of non-dues revenue this can be, and you know how popular eLearning has become in the association space. Well, not to be a Debbie Downer, but the board is going to have some questions. Have you anticipated the risk in [...]

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The Difference Between Empathy and Sympathy (And when to use each one)

“Make your audience care.” It’s an often repeated tenet of instructional design and it sounds great in theory. If you can make your audience care about the material they will engage more deeply with the content and retain it longer. Just saying “make your audience care” is not the whole story though. While many designers [...]

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