We still remember the rhymes we learned in school. We remember some movie dialogues and songs we watched a few years back. What made us remember these?
On the other hand, there are some instances where we don’t remember some lessons we learned in our school. It’s natural that we forget some things.
So, as eLearning designers, how can we create courses that learners remember well and recall easily at their workplace? In this post, we will look at a few tips to improve knowledge retention.
Present digestible bites
The human brain has the capability to hold a limited amount of information at a time. Learners tend to forget things when a lot of information is crammed onto a single screen. So, to enable faster reading and better comprehension, it’s important to split the content into small chunks or pieces. This helps recall information efficiently.
Here is an example of the content before and after chunking.
Use graphic organizers
The human brain loves visuals rather than the bulleted list. So, instead of displaying a bulleted list on the screen, use graphic organizers such as charts, diagrams, illustrations wherever possible. Make sense of the words, bring some kind of connectivity, and display the diagram on the screen. These graphic organizers help us remember the content easily.
Human beings are visual creatures. Choosing the “right” colors can actually affect the extent to which information is grasped and retained. They set the mood and attract the learner’s attention. But, remember that not all colors help in effective learning. This table gives you information about the effect of colors on viewers.
In eLearning, games are great tools to engage learners with the content and reinforce learning. They encourage learners to think deeper about what they learnt and apply the knowledge in practical situations. Games should be designed in a way that they test the learners on concepts they have learnt without having an official assessment.
Example: In a course on motivation, the learners need to identify their motivators from a list. This recapped the learning and gave them the flexibility to select their preferences without getting worried about the correct and incorrect answers.
To conclude, these are some of the tips to create eLearning courses that help learners remember more, retain more and forget less. Hope you find them useful.