We often make decisions about instructional materials that are informed by fads or fables instead of by facts. This program will provide a succinct summary of the latest evidence on the most effective instructional methods. We will review summaries of relevant experiments, their results, and the reasons for the results. You’ll review these cases with a focus on working and long-term memory function, and take examples of the best evidence-based practices in workforce learning back to the job.
In the first session, we will review evidence on learning styles to determine whether our investment and promotion of learning styles is based on fact or fiction. We will then review research on the use of visuals for learning that includes:
- the benefits of visuals
- who benefits most from visuals
- what kinds of visuals depress learning and what kinds accelerate learning
- evidence on the use of still versus animated visuals.
We will also review evidence on how best to explain visuals with either text, audio, or a combination of both.
In the second session, we will review some of your own examples of visuals and then participate in several short demonstrations to illustrate the features and relationships of working memory and long-term memory. We will relate these to three forms of cognitive load and discuss your role in optimizing cognitive load during training.
Engagement is the focus of the last session. We will distinguish between physical and psychological engagement and review evidence for methods that promote engagement, including personalization of training materials, use of avatars in e-learning, best practices in design and placement of practice exercises, and games and simulations.
What to Expect:
- Technical Requirements: This program is conducted in the WebEx Training Center. Special software is not required. You only need a standard web browser and telephone or VoIP capability to participate. In addition, it is strongly recommended to use a desktop or laptop computer as using a tablet or phone severely limits your ability to fully and actively participate in the program.