Learner Engagement: Behavioral, Cognitive, & Affective

Experiencing eLearning

That’s part of behavioral engagement. However, we can also support the cognitive and affective dimensions of engagement. Behavioral engagement. Behavioral engagement is the actions and behaviors people take during learning, which may support or hinder learning.

Situated Cognition In eLearning: What eLearning Professionals Should Know


In this article, I’ll shed light on the situated cognition theory, from its core principles to tips that will help you use it in your next eLearning course. Situated cognition is based on the idea that learning is most effective when it is in context. The Situation Cognition Theory was first introduced by Brown, Collins, and Duguid in 1989, who suggest that learners should be immersed in eLearning activities and content that mimics real world situations.


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Designing eLearning for Cognitive Ease

Integrated Learnings

I recently started reading Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman, and the chapter on cognitive ease offered all sorts of implications for eLearning design. This, combined with additional discussion in the book, suggests that a bad mood creates cognitive strain, and a good mood promotes cognitive ease. Although the training teaches a variety of tasks and behaviors, nearly every scenario. Everything else about the problem was identical. By Shelley A. Gable.

Boost your intelligence: 6 ways to maximize your cognitive potential

Your Training Edge

Each has the different cognitive potential. By cognitive potential, we mean that the ability of the mind of an individual. Every person has the cognitive potential which can be judged by the IQ. So, to improve the cognitive potential, a person should have to keep some points in his or her mind. If he or she faces any difficulties in any work, then they take that particular work as a challenge and always try to explore through the problems and their perfect solutions.

What is a Cognitive Apprenticeship?

Kapp Notes

The concept of cognitive apprenticeship is grounded in the theory of Situated Cognition. Situated cognition is a theory of instruction that suggests learning is naturally tied to authentic activity, context, and culture. To grasp subjects, learners need much more than abstract concepts and self-contained examples, they need to be exposed to the use of the information and cognitive tools in an authentic activity.

The Cognitive Science Behind Learning

CLO Magazine

There are levels of analysis; neural is one, but the next level up is the cognitive level. That’s where most of the important implications come from, as well as the social level above the cognitive. The Cognitive Umbrella. I see a lot of wasted efforts in learning and development that assume that information delivery is going to solve the problem,” said Julie Dirksen, principal of Usable Learning and author of “Design for How People Learn.”

Make Corporate Training Memorable With Cognitive Load Theory


Cognitive Load Theory (CLT) is an instructional design theory that uses the science of how the human brain processes information to inform the design of learning materials so they are easy to comprehend and remember. I’m sure you recall those problem-solving riddles, which usually started something like this: It’s late at night. You might also remember the frustration and mind-yoga involved in working through the problem!

Cognitive Tunnelling: How to Achieve Focus Through Stories

Vignettes Learning

Cognitive Tunneling When things are automated, our brains don’t have to monitor our environment. David Strayer , a cognitive psychologist at the University of Utah, likens this scenario to the dimming of a spotlight representative of the brain’s attention span. Failure to transition from the former to the latter state results in cognitive tunneling, a “mental glitch” caused by automation. Cognitive tunneling then is misplaced focus.

Tax Refunds: Traditional vs Behavioral Economics Explained

The Game Agency

Tax Refunds: Traditional vs Behavioral Economics Explained. It’s part game design knowledge and a lot of behavioral psychology. Cognitive bias is something we think about often. It’s very important to understand how cognitive bias work. Using my knowledge from creating commercial games and tutorial systems, I’ll be sharing a series of blog posts aimed at explaining the important relationship cognitive biases have on designing systems of learning.



Her focus has been on utilizing the disciplines of educational psychology, instructional design, and behavioral science to promote and support the improvement of peoples’ lives through sustainable long-term learning and behavioral change.

What Consultants Need to Know About Behavior Change


Innovative consultants can use an understanding of behavior change to lead the way to success. As business consultants, you observe, analyze and propose solutions for your clients’ problems. Myths of behavior change. But cognitive and behavioral science has proven otherwise. Maxfield suggests using questions and reflection to help people arrive at their own conclusions about how and why they might want to adopt a new behavior.

3 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Multisensory Teaching Techniques

Your Training Edge

Most students have a learning type- a way of receiving information that is optimal to their given personality and cognition. Faster Cognitive Development. Each sensory system has targets in the brain that stimulate cognitive function: Somatic/tactile learning promotes fine motor skills. Requiring no change of typing behavior, this up-and-coming tool makes typing more interactive and stimulating via the use of tactile character recognition.

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What Consultants Need to Know About Behavior Change


Innovative consultants can use an understanding of behavior change to lead the way to success. As business consultants, you observe, analyze and propose solutions for your clients’ problems. Myths of behavior change. But cognitive and behavioral science has proven otherwise. Maxfield suggests using questions and reflection to help people arrive at their own conclusions about how and why they might want to adopt a new behavior.

Cultivate These Behaviors for Responsible Digital Learning - Tip #193

Vignettes Learning

Activities are performed in interaction, sharing a cognitive load of work, rather than based on reductionist organizing principles or social isolation. Responsible Digital Learning When we implement digital initiatives in group learning and collaboration and problem solving, we need to observe if our workers and learners are taking pause and owning responsibility. These are cultural behaviors we need to observe.

Constructivism And Behaviorism In Designing Online Learning Programs

Educraft.tech - Technology meets Education

Behaviorism. Behaviorism. The basic principle of Behaviorism is that learning is the result of a person's response to a stimulus. The student does not work independently on the environment but on the contrary, the behavior is controlled by environmental factors, thus not having the control of the learning or the time it takes to achieve it (Technology in Education, n.d). learning theories constructivism behaviorism instructional design. Table of Contents.

Information Overload: The Plague of Learning and Development

CLO Magazine

The problem is that there is only so much people can learn at one time. An almost mystical belief prevails where all you need to do is send those salespeople, managers or engineers to a five-day training course to solve all the company’s problems. Information overload tends to manifest itself in the following ways: The amount of content that people are expected to process and digest, let alone allow to change their behavior, is overwhelming. The world has changed.

Need to change learning behaviors of trainees? Start with mental models


Mental models act as guides both for perception and behavior. Basically mental models are great because they are what keep people functioning in the world, help with solving problems and moving forward. It is impossible, however, to solve every single problem using the same algorithm – it’s like the saying goes “if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail”. The post Need to change learning behaviors of trainees?

Cognition, Synesthesia, Story Telling, Webinars, Strategy, & Six Degrees

Big Dog, Little Dog

A new model has arisen over the past decade, in which visual cognition is understood not as a camera but something more like a flashlight beam sweeping a twilit landscape. A lot of problems are behaviorally based," Green says, pointing to research documenting the influence of Hollywood films on smoking habits among teens. How magicians control your mind - Boston Globe.

8 Learning Behaviors That Can Hinder Knowledge Assimilation In eLearning!

Growth Engineering

This consists of personal cognitions, past experiences, and opinions that shape who they are and how much they’ll learn. In fact, they may even have certain learning behaviors that prevent them from fully absorbing and retaining the subject matter. Knowledge assimilation and retention becomes more challenging when online learners exhibit the following learning behaviors: 1. Introverts tend to display this learning behavior more often than their extrovert counterparts.

Learning theories

Ed App

Learning theories unpack complex cognitive processes and provide useful mental models for educators to structure and design courses around, while also providing insights on best practice during and after learning experiences. Behaviorism. Problem-solving.


Wonderful Brain

If we’re going to create quality knowledge transfer, skills building and behavioral changes in our engineer audience then it pays to peel back their character traits that research and experience seem to bear out: Engineers are: problem solvers. Even an engineer would have problems understanding what this is trying to communication let alone teach. Content would have: Objectives achieved through both cognitive learning and intuitive understandings.


Wonderful Brain

In the educational-institutional-industrial complex (my term, feel free to use) admitting the problem and overcoming the status quo are challenges we’ve never acted upon. School Violence-Related Behaviors. They enjoy an extended period from arousal to cognition.

RETHINKING THE RAZOR “ILT HAS THE SHELF LIFE OF MILK” or an INTRODUCTION TO Instructor Led Interactive Learning (ILIL or Live Action Learning)

Wonderful Brain

Put aside the use of religion as a foundation in the video, the point is the only way information becomes useful and or conducive to action (add to that skills and behaviors and we have the troika of what any course or instructor needs to impart) is to repeat the elements until they become internalized and habituated. Nevertheless, in learning, the end user must apply what has been transmitted, evidenced in increased knowledge or skills, improved decision-making and modified behaviors.

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Slow Down to Think More Creatively

CLO Magazine

Moshe Bar, a neuroscientist at Bar-Ilan University and a professor at Harvard Medical School, found in 2016 that creative thinking is the default cognitive mode we employ when our minds are clear. However, there is a problem: The research that Bar and his peers conducted found that an occupied mind diminishes any chance for exploration. Ultimately, this indifferent behavior affects creative thinking, and the consequences can be far-reaching.

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Overcoming Generation Differences When Building Learning: Part 2

Wonderful Brain

If knowledge, skills and behaviors are to be transmitted, absorbed and used than instructional design should seek balance. And the organization expects each generation, besides tolerance, adapt as necessary to improve performance and solve problems through learning and training experiences.

One Large Branching Scenario or Multiple Smaller Ones?

Experiencing eLearning

If you have several desired behaviors or skills, is it better to use one large branching scenario or break it into several smaller scenarios? For example, in help desk training, you might have several different types of problems that the analysts need to know how to resolve.

Deeper learning

Learning with 'e's

Craik and Lockhart claimed that the deeper the processing, the stronger will be the trace of that memory, and thus recall will take less cognitive effort. This framework for human memory research is considered by many cognitive psychologists to be a stronger explanation than those of the multi-store memory models. It has also influenced other recently proposed cognitive processing theories including spreading activation theory and neural network theory.

Recommended Reading Summary: A Chapter from “How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School”

Adobe Captivate

Research related to child development, cognitive psychology, and neuroscience has molded the current approach to early education, and has influenced how emerging technology is incorporated into the learning experience. In the past, there was less focus on the teaching of critical thinking skills, as well as the abilities to express concepts persuasively, and solve problems requiring complex thought. An active learner is more able to transfer skills to new problems and challenges.

Revolution or Evolution?

Wonderful Brain

Then practitioners who will align the practical with the realistic by which the revolution will be carried out and perhaps most vitally, the mentors who will work with learners to maximize their capacity for individual growth while providing a baseline of knowledge, skills and behaviors we as a society require. Of course, it’s not and will challenge both students and adults to solve problems and learn on occasion to work as teams.

Personalized and adaptive learning

Clark Quinn

We were going to profile learners, but then also track their ongoing behavior. I dug into that and all the learning styles literature, and cognitive factor analysis, and content models around learning objectives, and revisited my interest in intelligent tutoring, and more.

For Courses That Make a Difference: Remember Your CBAs

eLearning Brothers

First, helping clients see beyond the “ Cognitive-only course.” Second, creating courses that influence or change learners’ “ Behaviors.” C = Cognition. As instructional designers, we need to think beyond creating “cognitive-only courses.” B = Behaviors. Now that we’ve helped the client understand the need to go beyond merely presenting information, we establish which behaviors we want to change or influence by way of the training.

What is social learning (and how to adopt it)


While there remains a need for formal training environments to meet specific learning outcomes, the necessity for organizations to leverage platforms that enable social and informal learning, where learners network, share, collaborate, and exchange ideas to solve problems, is paramount.

A few things going on

Usable Learning

A particular good thing recently was a really nice review of the book by Clive Shepherd: “ There’s book a I’ve been meaning to write which I hoped would address the problem. Paul area) , there are a few things going on also: On Thursday (April 12th, 2012), I’m doing the Design for Behavior Change talk for the local UPA (Usability Professionals Association) chapter.


Wonderful Brain

Most importantly – and we’ll tackle this later—it’s imperative for individuals and organizations to deal with CRZY-MKRs in a decisive way before they habituate behaviors that chip away at employees emotional security. CMI: We need keen observation and vigilance to uncover this behavior. Their delusional personality prevents them from recognizing their own incompetence and this cognitive bias leads to inflated self-assessments and illusory superiority.

Emotion in Learning


The behavioral and cognitive views of learning essentially viewed us as formal logical beings. More recent research, which can be characterized under the banner of situated cognition, recognizes that our thinking is much less rational than we’d like to believe.

Spaced Learning: An approach to increase knowledge retention at Maruti


Irrespective of the size of a learning group, it was important to take into account each learner’s expectations and behavior to avoid problems during training and after sessions. For Maruti, engagement was critical on 3 levels: cognitive, emotional, and behavioral.

Creativity and Instructional Design

Usable Learning

They talk about a number of things, but there’s a lot of discussion of creativity – how to be creative, the importance of creativity for problem solving, and the unfortunate lack of creativity that can happen in learning design. In the same way that humor can improve learning and retention , unusual and novel stimuli break through our cognitive tendency to habituate to an unchanging stimulus (and yes – using big words to make your business case is a legitimate strategy).

New year, new training: Four principles for successful driver safety programs


However, gaining control of the behavioral challenges of drivers— the largest safety issue fleet-based organizations struggle with today, still seems elusive when using outdated training methods. Adult learning is problem-centered rather than content-oriented.

ELC 064: How to Create Meaning From A Torrent of Information

The eLearning Coach

He has worked on complex information problems across startups, space science, intranets, education, and the Fortune 500. How the science of mind is evolving: behaviorism, computational model, embodied cognition. Information is ubiquitous and complex.

Direct Instruction and Learning Experience Design

Clark Quinn

Meta-cognition strategies (.67). Behavioral organizers (.41). Reciprocal teaching and meta-cognition strategies coming out highly, a great outcome. And, as I suspected, DI is not what the label would lead you to believe (which I do think is a problem). After my previous article on direct instruction versus guided discovery, some discussion mentioned Engelmann’s Direct Instruction (DI).