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Build an Effective E-learning Course through the Method of Chunking

Written By Manaswita Baanaala

Build an Effective E-learning Course through the Method of Chunking

Before knowing what chunking is all about let us have a look at the following paragraphs:

Paragraph I:

Training should be given to new employees on a regular basis and it should be a part of regular business operations. It is important to keep the freshers informed about the organization’s vision, mission, goals, and particular job responsibilities related to them. Continuous training will update them with new skills, knowledge and technology in keeping with changing business needs and demands.

Paragraph II:

Training should be given to new employees on a regular basis and it should be a part of regular business operations.

It is important to keep the freshers informed about the organization’s:

  • Vision
  • Mission
  • Goals
  • Job responsibilities

Continuous training will update the new employees with:

  • New skills
  • Knowledge
  • Technology in keeping with changing business needs and demands

Now my question is: Content from which one of these paragraphs do you find easier to remember and recall? If I am not wrong, you could have chosen the second paragraph.

Chunked content or chunking information helps the learner to remember and recall quickly.

Hence, for every instructional designer it is extremely important to understand how the learner’s brain digests eLearning content. Do not try to present the course with heavy text and lengthy paragraphs. Such courses make the learner to feel bored and add stress to the learner’s working memory.

Appropriate chunking helps the learner’s working memory to process information in a quick way.

The method of chunking refers to presenting information by splitting or dividing it into small pieces or chunks. It requires an adequate understanding of e learning content. Now it’s time to understand what exactly “CHUNKING” means.

Generally the content chunking or information chunking in eLearning can be done at two levels. They are:

  • Course level
  • Screen level

Course level:

Chunking at the course level is used to determine the content hierarchy.

In this level, content is divided into different sections like:

  • Course
  • Modules
  • Lessons
  • Topics
  • Sub-topics

Learning styles in eLearning

Screen Level:

Chunking at the screen level can be done at each screen. Each screen should contain one chunk of information.

Tips to follow while chunking at the screen level:

  • Do not try to dump all information on one screen.
  • Divide heavy text into different screens or slides in an appropriate manner. A single idea or thought can be conveyed on each screen.

Chunking at the screen level

After chunking at the screen level, the chunked content may contain:

  • Bulleted list or numbered list

Bulleted list or numbered list

  • Short paragraphs with appropriate images

Short paragraphs with appropriate images

  • Important key pharses or words in bold font

Important key pharses or words in bold font

Thus, chunking content always helps learners to stay focused and recall information quickly in eLearning, without wasting valuable time and provides a better eLearning experience.

So, let us start working on chunking..!

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