Instructionally Sound Buzzword Bingo Games for Engaging E-Learning #98

E-Learning Buzzword Bingo #98: Challenge | Recap

Buzzword bingo games offer a playful way to poke fun at one’s industry by highlighting overused buzzwords and catchphrases. Not only do the games give insiders a chance to commiserate over the misuse of meaningful concepts, they also help newbies identify general terms and areas they should learn more about. It’s a win-win for everyone!

Since our industry’s largest conference is just around the corner, it’s a perfect time to create our E-Learning Buzzword Bingo cards. But first, let's look at some examples of interactive bingo games.

Interactive Office Bingo Game

Here’s a randomized bingo game around common office buzzwords and interactions. This project has some interesting features to inspire your own Bingo card.

Interactive Office Bingo Game

View the Office Bingo Game

Academy Awards Bingo Game

Could there be a better way to highlight the Academy’s cliches than a bingo card? I like how the bingo card includes a sidebar for each square.

Academy Awards Bingo Game

View Academy Award Bingo!

Kitchen Nightmares Bingo Card

I like the use of typography and simple illustrations in this example. It’s not interactive, but it is really well designed.

Kitchen Nightmares Bingo Card

View the Kitchen Nightmares BINGO Game Card

E-Learning Buzzword Bingo 2009

Here’s an example of a buzzword bingo card Jane Bozarth shared a few years ago. Not only is this a great starter card, it’s also a time capsule of e-learning in 2009.

E-Learning Buzzword Bingo

View E-Learning Buzzword Bingo Card

Party Conference Bingo E-Learning Game

Here’s a bingo game interaction created in Articulate Storyline. It uses custom states and variables to mark off the numbers. You can grab this template from our downloads gallery.

Party Conference Bingo E-Learning Game

View Party Conference Bingo | Download Storyline Template

Challenge of the Week

This week, your challenge is to create an e-learning buzzword bingo card or interaction.

Your bingo card doesn’t need to be interactive — static is totally fine if you’d rather work on your graphics skills this week. Just share your bingo card in .pdf format so others can print and play.

Possible game themes and ideas

  • SME Bingo
  • Course Review Bingo
  • Freelance Bingo
  • Instructional Design Bingo
  • Conference Bingo
  • Project Management Bingo
  • Gamification Bingo
  • Princess Bingo (My kid’s idea. I promised her I’d include it. You’re under no obligation to take this seriously.)

Last Week’s Challenge:

Before you call “E-Learning Bingo!” on this week’s challenge, check out the super cool sliders, switches, and toggle buttons your fellow community members shared in last week’s challenge:

Toggle, Switch, and Slider Buttons Recap

Toggle, Switch, and Slider Buttons Recap #97: Challenge | Recap


Wishing you a game-tastic week, E-Learning Heroes!

New to E-Learning Challenges?

The weekly challenges are ongoing opportunities to learn, share, and build your e-learning portfolios. You can jump into any or all of the previous challenges anytime you want. I’ll update the recap posts to include your demos.


Jane Maduke
David Anderson
Bob Kaart
Bob Kaart

Looking very princess like ;) Regarding to your array question on twitter(yes i snoop like that), it's certainly possible with some javascript something like this: var princessArray = [field1,field2,field3,field4,field5,field6,field7,field8,field9]; If you want to use some JS on a trigger it should look something like this var player = GetPlayer(); var field1 = player.GetVar("princess_01"); //princess_01 etc are variables that you have set in articulate var field2 = player.GetVar("princess_02"); var field3 = player.GetVar("princess_03"); var field4 = player.GetVar("princess_04"); var field5 = player.GetVar("princess_05"); var field6 = player.GetVar("princess_06"); var field7 = player.GetVar("princess_07"); var field8 = player.GetVar("princess_08"); var field9 = player.... Expand

Melissa Milloway

I wasn't sure if I could use Arrays, so I didn't. You probably can't tell what I did from my code but here it is. I know I don't need the else part LOL. It works perfectly fine. (Randomizes the princess layers and only goes through them once. The only issue that I have is that if you click the button again it sometimes will reroll the same number so you have to keep clicking until you get a number it didn't roll yet. :X So, I am thinking now I need to do arrays instead. var player = GetPlayer(); player.SetVar("RandNum",Math.floor((Math.random()*9)+1)); player.GetVar("Belle"); player.GetVar("Cinderella"); player.GetVar("Tiana"); player.GetVar("Pocahantas"); player.GetVar("Merida"); player.GetVar("Jasmine"); player.GetVar("SnowWhite"); player.GetVar("Ariel"); player.GetVar("Ra... Expand

Melissa Milloway
Bob Kaart
Tom Kuhlmann
Joanne Chen
David Anderson
David Anderson