Keeping Your Learners’ Attention: How Our Brain Decides What to Focus On


Have you ever heard, or thought to yourself, “I find it hard to stay focused when taking an online course” or, “Is it easier to learn in a traditional classroom?”. To curb learners from being distracted, elearning needs to be designed to grasp the learner’s attention.

A Look Back At The Years Best From Learning Science And Instructional Design

Mike Taylor

Every Friday I post a weekly recap of the best articles, posts, and resources I find from the intersection of learning, design, and technology. Here is a collection of the best learning science and instructional design-related posts from 2018. How to Learn Better.

Deeper eLearning Design: Part 2 – Practice Makes Perfect


The goal of this series is to build upon good implementations of instructional design, and go deeper into the nuances of what makes learning really work. It is particularly focused on eLearning, but almost all of what is mentioned also applies to face-to-face or virtual instruction. We started with objectives and we’ll continue on through concepts, examples, emotional elements, and putting it together, but here we’re talking about good practice for learning.

Your Brain Prefers Interactive Stories: Not Lectures

Vignettes Learning

What happens to the brain when it's exposed to an effective interactive story experience? Cause and Effect: The Story in a Nutshell Brains light up and get pumped up when we tell or listen to good stories. Our Instant Learning tips tell us to keep things short, precise and concise.

Is Your Organization Losing Its Brain? Collecting Stories to Transfer Knowledge

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says Yuki Noguchi in her article "Businesses Try To Stave Off Brain Drain As Boomers Retire." "Not What is your organization doing to preserve its brain? Miss Devine Marine Lance Cpl Travis Williams For trainers, designers and learning leaders, stories become a library for learning.

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The Brain and The Stories We Tell: Top Reasons Why Stories Change Our Behavior

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So what are the things we learn from stories? Are Our Brains Hardwired for Storytelling? As a nationally recognized expert on story structure, Haven believes that our brains are hardwired for storytelling and that we're not just Home sapiens , we are Homo narratives.

INFOGRAPHIC: 3 Facts About Mindset In Learning


Mindset is an often ignored yet crucial factor in learning. Here are three well established aspects of mindset in learning, and each is supported with tips for learning designers to make the most of them. YOU CAN PRIME YOUR BRAIN. “ INTEREST DRIVES LEARNING.

E-Learning & Instructional Design 101

Rapid eLearning

There’s a lot of debate about instructional design and whether or not you need a formal education to create effective elearning. Today I want to explore some elements of instructional design and why it’s important when building an elearning course. Learning Happens.

INFOGRAPHIC: 8 Top Tips To Boost Your Learning


Work smarter and make learning stick with these eight simple techniques. Arun Pradhan has over 17 years’ experience in digital and blended learning. The post INFOGRAPHIC: 8 Top Tips To Boost Your Learning appeared first on Learnnovators.

6 Steps To Creating Learning Ecosystems (And Why You Should Bother)


70:20:10 has shone a spotlight on the limits of formal learning. In contrast, social and experiential learning continue to be veritable goldmines of productivity, placing learners at the centre of their story and demanding a major shift from Learning & Development professionals.

Interview with an Expert Series: Tracy King

Blue Sky eLearn

Fresh out of graduate school, she realized she was a subject expert but had a lot to learn about learning. She’s worked with corporations and professional associations on education strategy and learning design. She’s a thought leader and invited speaker on workforce development, education strategy, instructional design, and learning technologies. . learning materials to each student that were supplemented with online content.

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7 Reasons Stories Work for the Modern Learner - Tip #210

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Storytelling has been a very effective learning tool since time immemorial. But even with the changing learning landscape, big shifts in work environments and tech disruption, why do stories in eLearning designs still work? Stories in learning designs make complex ideas simple.

‘Dear Training’… A Breakup Letter from L&D Professionals


You were so confident, with your Flashy smile and concise learning objectives. Arun Pradhan has over 17 years’ experience in digital and blended learning. He currently works as the lead solution designer for DeakinPrime, helping to deliver 70:20:10 inspired performance solutions for some of Australia’s largest telcos, retailers, banks and insurers. . Dear Training, We’re sorry, but it’s over. It’s not you, it’s us.

Increase Value By Cutting Your Content

Blue Sky eLearn

If you intend to deliver real value through online learning, you’ve got to cut your content. We load our screens and eLearning courses with so much information we’ve lost the opportunity for a transformational learning experience. Craft learning experiences with instructional design.

Creating Engaging Content

Blue Sky eLearn

In online learning, we’re always one click away from the window closing. These five strategies will turn blah into hurrah! Identify what problems your target audience is trying to solve and design content as their solution super highway. Design Experiences.

Deeper eLearning Design: Part 5 – Emotion


The goal of this series is to build upon good implementations of instructional design, and go deeper into the nuances of what makes learning really work. It is particularly focused on eLearning, but almost all of what is mentioned also applies to face-to-face or virtual instruction. Here we’re talking about the role of emotion in learning, and we’ll close by finally putting it all together. To start, we need to understand the effects of emotions on learning.

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How Empathy Makes Your Learners Learn - Tip #168

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A MediaPost article states: In learning and development, we face the same problem with a different name. This happens when the instructional design fails to connect with online learners or meet their actual needs. Learn more about story and experience-based eLearning.

Building Community with Content

Blue Sky eLearn

Learning scientists believe we do not learn something new unless we have the opportunity to articulate during the learning process – talking about our ideas as they are forming – refining our ideas with others. Learning geeks call it “social construction” in learning.

Is the LMS DOA?

Blue Sky eLearn

Are they learning deployment systems? And they struggle to deliver the one thing corporate CEOs are demanding: Meaningful learning that results in measurable impact. Which is why Deloitte predicts the LMS giants will be replaced by agile learning systems.

Microlearning That Kicks Learners Into Thinking and Acting - Tip #202

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It was fun and it stuck in their brain. But underneath these various ways of presenting microlearning lessons is a core principle that should guide designers and trainers. This actually matches with how modern workers learn. Learn more about story and experience-based eLearning.

How Visual Arts Inspire Microlearning Lessons - Tip #201

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Ramachandran, Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition at the University of California at San Diego. He suggests using exaggeration as a tool to mimic the stress of real life into our learning situations to “enhance engagement and effectiveness.” “If

Learning by SNIFFING: Are Learners Really Distracted or Are They Learning Differently? - Tip #135

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Also, it becomes problematic when this serves as the foundation for a microlearning design. What’s more, the concept of distracted learners assumes they have to complete testing to show they’ve learned the content. Or could it be possible that they’re just learning differently?

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5 Proven Ways to Help Learners Remember Lessons - Tip #167

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Learner engagement is a constant challenge for designers and trainers. So how do we help them recall, retain and eventually apply what they learn? Design thought-provoking questions to stimulate conversations. You actually learn more when you reflect on what has been learned.

Why Effective Virtual Conversations Accelerate Learning and Knowledge Application - Tip #183

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In contrast, the second type of virtual training—the Interactive Virtual Training approach—makes use of microlearning concepts such as “must-learn” and “learn-on-need.” As a result, the Interactive Virtual Training approach helps learners to learn, recall, and apply ideas.

Cultivate These Behaviors for Responsible Digital Learning - Tip #193

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May’s definition of freedom suggests that people need to have the ability to pause and reflect on how to interpret, learn, and act upon different stimuli that comes our way. That is, in essence, how we learn - or how we should learn.

Why Does Micro-Learning Mean Better Learning? - Tip #129

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Micro-learning! While micro-learning may not be a “one size fits all” solution, studies show (e.g. Thanks to ubiquitous mobile devices, learning can take place anytime, anywhere and at any pace. It’s a micro-learning platform targeted at sales representatives.

Using Data to Tell a Story and Deliver a Lesson - Tip #152

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Instructional Delivery) What are we going to do if they do not know it? When you package up your insights as a data story, you build a bridge for your data to the influential, emotional side of the brain. Learn more about story and experience-based eLearning.

How to Create Context-Setting Learning Objectives - Tip #162

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So how do we help learners focus on usefulness and context of the content and to design and deliver training and eLearning programs to resist the tendency to dump content? Yes, the overload problem is real and manifests in elearning, classroom training and other forms of learning.

Virtual Reality Makes Our Stories Even More Real - Tip #144

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The medium, in a sense, tricks the brain into thinking it is experiencing many different senses making it possible for users to experience places or something that they might not otherwise experience. How do we then bring this concept into how we develop training and learning?

The Art of Anticipation in Story-Based Learning Design

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Story-Based eLearning design is effective because it creates an environment where learners are compelled to anticipate. The Story-based eLearning design stirs the learner's anticipation. One of the objectives of the experiment was to find out how our brains learn to be social.

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Why Reflect? The Role of Reflection in the Learning Process

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Here are some of the top reasons why reflection is important: • It deepens awareness of one's learning. In the words of Rachel Ong, "Learning is not just a process of accumulation of information. Journal entries make you more aware of the learning that has taken place.

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Content That Lives Within a Story Lasts Forever - Tip #118

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Read: Weaving Stories and Factual Content for Seamless Lessons While a story per se is a powerful instructional tool, its power to move the listener emotionally, cognitively, and behaviorally largely depends on how the storyteller narrates it.

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The Best of the Best Tips in Story-Based eLearning Design

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In case you missed them, rediscover how you can decrease learning costs considerably, help your learners retain information better through the use of interactive stories, get them to genuinely love learning, and more. Tip 53: How Small Should Small Bites Learning Be?

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Cognitive Tunnelling: How to Achieve Focus Through Stories

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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.

48 Books Every Aspiring Chief Learning Officer Should Read


I might be biased, but being part of the learning and development community is not only fascinating but rewarding. But it’s also the reason that to be the best trainer/ training manager/ chief learning officer, you have to keep your learning and development top of mind too.