As an instructional designer, I am adept at chunking the content. It is an important step in the process of designing an eLearning course. It is a method of presenting information in small pieces or “chunks “. Content chunking helps the learner organize, prioritize and identify the core elements. A well-chunked content is understood better by the learner. In eLearning, the learners are not guided by an instructor. Therefore, presenting the content in smaller chunks is very essential to hold their attention.
Chunking of the content can be done at two levels. They are:
Course level chunking: This results in a course outline, which is based on the learning objectives of the course.
Screen level chunking: This is done to make the on-screen content easy for learners. This is done by dividing the paragraphs into simple sentences, which are easy to learn and recall. It is advisable to use the following to present the on-screen content.
- Bulleted lists
- Short sub-headings
Chunking the learning content helps deliver better training because it:
Helps reduce overload:
Presenting many topics at one go may not meet the learning objectives of a course as it ‘overloads’ the learner’s mind. Learners may be confused and find it hard to remember and recall the information. If the content is properly chunked after a suitable research on the subject matter, learners are less “intimidated” and more receptive to the course.
Helps recall information efficiently:
Learners find the chunked content easy to understand and remember longer. It facilitates the recall of information.
Thus, these were a few points about content chunking in eLearning. Have anything to say? Please do share!
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