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What is Gamification, and are we Using it Right?

Gamification concepts have been employed since the 1960’s, 1970’s or 1980’s, depending on whom you talk to and how you define the term. Others claim that gamification has been in use since 1912, when Cracker Jack® boxes began to include prizes. Whenever the term originated, “gamification” is certainly an important buzzword in business today. Though, perhaps it’s technically incorrect to call gamification a “buzzword” now, as the term made the Oxford English Dictionary’s shortlist of Word of the Year in 2011.

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How to Reduce the Social "Risks" in Online Training

Social learning—or learning with and from others (with or without social media technology)—is a force to be reckoned with. But how do you entice your online training learners to participate to take learning to a higher level, and make it participatory and social?

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The Accidental Trainer: Creating Professional Training When You’re Not a Learning Professional

Not everyone can be a great learning professional. But, you don’t need to be a “professional” learning professional to create or contribute to exceptional learning experiences for others.

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Use Your LMS to “Get Personal” with Your Learners

Online training is typically made for mass consumption—one reason why it’s so cost effective compared to classroom training. It is typically not meant for private tutoring or coaching. However, if every learner feels that the training is personalized for him or her, you’ve created a meaningful connection and made the learning session feel individualized.

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7 Ways to Get Learners to “Buy” Your Online Training...And Return to “Buy” More

Stores—brick-and-mortar or eCommerce sites—want customers to buy their products or services. And recommend the products to others. Then, return and buy more. Similarly, for online training, you want trainees—whether employees, partners, or customers—to buy (or buy into) your eLearning content. And use and apply it. And rate it positively through recommendations and endorsements. And come back and “buy” more. Effectively, to become loyal customers.

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Software Advice's Favorite LMS User Interfaces

Mindflash was recently awarded one of the Most Favorite LMS User Interfaces by Software Advice.

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Pop Quiz! Do You Really Need Quizzes in Online Training?

Question:  Do you really need quizzes in your online training modules?
Select the best answer to the question from the choices below.

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What is Microlearning?

Microlearning generally involves dissecting learning into “microscopic” learning bursts (typically 2-10 minutes each). Supporters say microlearning matches human brain processing capabilities, combating learner boredom, disengagement, and poor retention.

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Go Global by Thinking Local: Delivering Online Training Courses in Multiple Languages

Online training is a powerful learning vehicle—it allows people to learn on their own schedule (asynchronously), at the own pace (on-demand), and on their device of choice (flexibly). And developing online training via an LMS is scalable, as you can train thousands in a short time. So, it’s a natural leap to use this same learning vehicle to expand your company’s global reach by delivering your online training in multiple languages.

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Create Learning Content that Inspires Action

In developing your last online training module, you likely poured significant effort into choosing the right training vehicle to solve the business problem, creating engaging content, mapping learning to expected outcomes, etc. Good stuff, and essential to excellent instructional design. But did your training inspire action? Post-training, did the learner change her behavior or attitude or apply her newfound knowledge to improve workplace performance?

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