Breaking long strings of information into bite sized absorbable pieces is known as chunking. When the long strings are broken into small chunks, it helps the learner to prioritize, organize and identify the core elements. Chunking is a technique course designers use to break information and then reorder the learning modules into chunks that make sense. This plays an important role while creating an eLearning course.
Helps understand easily
Chunking is important in online courses and especially in self-paced courses. eLearning designers can use chunking by organizing information progressively to help learners retain and recall information. When the content is made into bite-size modules, learners find it easy to understand it; they make fewer errors and process more information effectively. Chunks focus on one concept pertaining to a topic at one time. This helps learners to easily assimilate new information.
Reduces information overload
Introducing multiple topics at one go may not meet the learning objectives as it overloads the learners mind with too much information. Learners are confused with the data and find it hard to remember the information. If the content is properly chunked with adequate research on the subject matter, learners are less intimidated and more receptive to the knowledge. Information in chunks caters to the learner’s requirement and helps in attaining the learning objectives.
Aids in information retention and recall
Learners may miss important information and struggle to find specific information when the content is vast and voluminous. With proper mapping and information chunking, learners can access the required information quickly. Short paragraphs of no more than 3 to 4 sentences are small and manageable and help learners assimilate information effectively, understand concepts better and retain what has been learnt easily.
When information is given in small chunks, it enhances the working memory of the learners. It helps the learners to retain the skills or knowledge presented in the eLearning course for a longer period.
Subscribe to Our eLearning Design Blogs
Get CommLab's latest eLearning articles straight to your inbox. Enter your email address below:
Training enhances skills and abilities of employees to be aligned to changing business needs. It is well understood that assessments are vital components of e-learning courses. They are a medium to measure training outcomes. Assessments not only strengthen learning but also help evaluate the learner’s comprehension of a course.
It is well-known that assessments are a vital component of an e-learning course. Good assessments play an important role in enhancing the efficacy of the online course by helping evaluate the knowledge gained by the learner and reinforce the learning.
According to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 48 million people (1 in 6 Americans) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die each year from foodborne diseases. In order to adhere to food safety regulations, one of our clients came up with a requirement for an e-learning course.
E-learning and m-learning are powerful learning methods; both are dynamic and effective ways to teach people. So then, what are the differences between and e-learning and m-learning methods?
E-learning involves a series of modules with in-depth subject-matter while m-learning involves smaller chunks of information which can be accessed anywhere, anytime. Modules are designed differently, depending on the kind of format used to learn. M-learning breaks the barriers of time and place and provides easy access to courses. E-learning also enables learners to access information anytime, anywhere through a laptop, and a stable environment is needed for the learner to take training.
As a college student, I had an opportunity to read Wings of Fire, the autobiography of the former Indian president, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. The story of the “missile man” who rose to great heights from humble beginnings is truly inspiring.
The sudden demise of this eminent scientist is a great loss to the country and has saddened millions. The life of Dr. Kalam is a testimony to the fact that determination and hard work can overcome the shackles of financial and other constraints.
There were a few letters marked “Never sent. Never signed” that were discovered in Abraham Lincoln’s desk after his death. When he was upset with someone he would write a letter expressing his anger but would refrain from sending it to the intended person. This practice allowed him to vent his anger, yet not allow needless or unpleasant consequences. One of the famous unsent letters was to Gen. George G Meade, who was blamed for letting Robert E Lee escape after Gettysburg. Unfortunately, in today’s age of social media, people have “lost the art of the unsent angry letter” – an expression used in a NY times article by Maria Konnikova.
It is common knowledge that good assessments play a key role in the making of an effective online course. They not only help evaluate the learner’s comprehension of the subject-matter, but also reinforce the learning effectively.
We all know the e-learning industry is full of acronyms. Even the word e-learning itself is the shorthand for electronic learning. As an e-learning professional, it is important to be familiar with various acronyms used in the field of e-learning. Here, I would like to share some acronyms that are commonly used in e-learning.
E-learning is increasingly used by organizations as online courses are effective, affordable and can be accessed anytime, anywhere. But, many organizations are not able to realize these benefits offered by the online training medium due to a serious problem – high dropout rates.