When Misused Buzzwords Attack

Interactive

Immersive

Innovative/ Creative/ Different

Effective

Fun

All of the above

These words get thrown around a lot. Frankly, it troubles me when they’re used incorrectly because it leads to misunderstandings. It’s important to realize that these can mean one thing to you and your association and something different to an eLearning vendor or instructional designer. I am not the final word on any of these definitions, but I hope they’ll provide some clarity. (Gamification and game-based learning were covered in their own post, so they’re not included here). With that said, let’s look at some common eLearning buzzwords.

Interactive

Is: When the learner has agency. Let them evaluate information, make decisions, and meaningfully influence the outcome.

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