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e-Learning Lingo Podcast #43-Operant Conditioning

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Announcer: The e-Learning Lingo Podcast.

Mary Kay Lofurno: Hello, this is Mary Kay Lofurno, Marketing Director here at SyberWorks, and welcome to the 43rd episode of the e-Learning Lingo Podcast Series.

Last week, Dave Powell discussed cybersquatting. This week, Dave explains the theory of operant conditioning. So I ask you, do you know your e-Learning lingo?

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Mary Kay: Hi Dave! So what’s operant conditioning?

David Powell: Operant conditioning is a theory that consequences can modify or shape voluntary behaviors. Four very common types of consequences are: positive reinforcement (receiveing a reward), negative reinforcement (removing an adverse stimulus), punishment (applying an adverse stimulus), and extinction.

The last term isn’t as extreme as it sounds. Extinction is actually the absence of any consequence for a behavior. When a behavior receives neither favorable nor unfavorable reinforcement, the behavior will also tend to occur less often.

Mary Kay Lofurno: Thanks, Dave, for that explanation. Have a good afternoon!

David Powell: You too. Talk to you soon.

Mary Kay Lofurno: This is Mary Kay Lofurno, Marketing Director at SyberWorks. Thanks for listening to the 43rd episode of the e-Learning Lingo Podcast. This week, Dave Powell discussed operant conditioning. The Episode 43 podcast audio and transcript will be posted on the e-Learning Lingo blog.

Next time on the e-Learning Lingo Podcast, we will discuss an up-and-coming method of e-Learning. Until that time, have a great week!

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