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Meaningful and Memorable Learning

Learning experiences must be both meaningful and memorable to be effective. In Michael Allen's Guide to e-Learning, he defines these two concepts as they relate to effective e-learning. I want to expand these ideas into any kind of learning.

Meaningful
A learner can't gain from a learning experience if s/he can't understand the subject or see meaningful implications and applicability. This is instructional failure. Well-designed learning should be continuously meaningful for each learner. It should be sensitive to learner performance, identify levels of need and readiness, select appropriate activities, and engage learners in experiences that are likely to be meaningful.

Memorable
If a learner easily forgets a meaningful learning experience and any knowledge gained, it might as well not have happened at all. Fortunately, there are many ways to make learning experiences memorable, such as using:
  • Interesting contexts and novel situations
  • Real-world or authentic environments
  • Problem-solving scenarios
  • Simulations
  • Risk and consequences
  • Engaging themes
  • Engaging media and interface elements
  • Drill and practice
  • Humor

1 Comments:

  • According to Wikipedia, The expression "intellectual laziness" is frequently used to describe a tendency to not ask questions, and not to scratch too much behind the apparent, applying a kind of mental routine (availability heuristic) or just following the crowd (herd behavior).

    This can be one reason why many companies resist change, and why many employees do not want to question authority. An effective learning environment should be one that freely allows everyone to ask questions without those ideas being shot down.

    By Anonymous Nick Roy, at 8:33 AM EDT  

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