Posted by Kam Amilthan | Posted in eLearning | Posted on 28-11-2011-05-2008
What excites you most about e-learning courses? Is it the
- Course content and presentation
- Photos and illustrations
- Interactive graphics and simulations
- Course navigation
- or something else
From our experience in e-learning development, we found users are attracted to good visual design and simple navigation. But these aspects alone wouldn’t guarantee success. It’s how you develop e-learning course by considering human perceptions.
As an e-learning developer, it’s important to learn and understand the spectacular capabilities of the human brain. Understanding the brain’s innate strengths and how it perceives information helps you to create better online learning experiences.
Before you start creating an e-learning development plan, find out how people learn naturally.
Find out how your target audience’s (the learner) brain will absorb and process learning. You need to ensure that whatever information (new or otherwise) you are including in the course content, should integrate along with the existing knowledge for long-term memory of your learner.
Here’re the two kinds of memory retention in human brain:
Working memory: Also referred as short-term memory, it’s involved in storing information for a short duration (around 10-15 seconds). It’s a temporary workspace where we manipulate and process information.
Long-term memory: It acts as a storehouse where you can store information for a long period of time.
For those interested in understanding more on how brain learns, you can read this book “12 Brain/Mind Learning Principles in Action” or other books on this topic. This book consists of brain-based scenarios, significant points, self-help questions, and practical lessons.
E-learning Development Strategies
All these brain-compatible learning techniques will help you strike the right balance between stress and comfort. In simple words, you need to give the brain the right stimuli or challenge and provide the right emotional content.
Take extra attention to create and design the e-learning course that would spark some emotional interest to the learner. Also avoid dumping information to the learner; instead skillfully guide them through the course content.
You need to:
- Structure your content according to how your brain receives all the information. Reduce the cognitive load by combining abstract text and diagrams in the learning modules.
- Organise the content into small chunks that can be easy to relate and memorize.
- Create processes where the learners can practice and integrate the content information.
- Provide real–world problem solving scenarios and context that will help the learner to easily relate.
With all the brain-compatible learning principles in mind, you can attempt intuitive and sound design principles in your next e-learning module. Surprisingly, many developers still ignore these basic principles while developing e-learning modules.
If this is the case with you, it’s time to give a fresh thought on e-learning by knowing more about the neurophysiology of the brain and optimal learning environments.
Let’s know your specific challenges on developing e-learning based on brain/mind learning principles. We would love to hear your views on brain-compatible learning?
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