What did I learn?
- Learning styles are overrated and a waste of time. There's no relationship between someone's learning style and their eventual performance on the job. eg: being a visual learner doesn't mean that you will have a high recall of an image.
- Liking a session has no correlation to an individual's learning in the session. A highly rated session may not be the most effective.
- People need the bare minimum detail to apply the learning. Extraneous detail is confusing (war stories, anecdotes, etc) and while immensely likeable, can hurt learning.
- Tips for use of multimedia in elearning and training:
- Graphics with text create the highest impact learning because of the dual encoding phenomenon. This is a great mode for novices and apprentices.
- Audio narration is proven as the most effective method of providing descriptions to graphics. This should be the default on elearning courses, with the ability to pause, and turn off.
- Simple line drawings are much easier to recall than complex 3D pictures.
- Stills are often more effective than animation, to explain how things work. In such situations, animations put the brain in a passive state and create extraneous mental load
- Videos are proven to be effective in teaching social skills and motor skills and to show examples.