In my school days I always used to forget the spelling of the word TOGETHER. My father made me to remember the spelling by breaking that word into three words i.e. To-Get-Her. From then on, I always spelt the word correctly.
Similarly, in your eLearning course, you may find that some concepts are difficult for your learners’ to retain. Here, I would like to share some techniques that can make your learners’ remember tough concepts easily.
The below mentioned instructional strategies make the eLearning courses easy and are very useful in helping your learners’ remember the concepts covered in them for a long time.
In eLearning, mnemonics are one of the powerful instructional strategies used to enhance learners’ retention of the information. These are the phrases or acronyms that help the learners’ to remember the information. For example, consider the acronym “VIBGYOR”. This is helpful to recollect the seven colors in the rainbow in the correct order.
Here is another example of a Knuckle mnemonic which is helpful to recall the number of days in each month. Each protruding knuckle represents the month having the 31 days.
Analogies are key elements of human thinking and understanding. When we look at a new thing, we compare them with those that we already know. The acceptance is more when the similarities are more. Analogies are one of the most effective instructional strategies that help the learners’ to understand new concepts by applying their prior knowledge. It’s always better to present the content in such a way that learners’ can relate the new things to those that they already know. This helps the learners’ to remember the things for a longer time.
For example, if you need to explain a concept related to aircraft, you can use the analogy of the bird. Here, the learners’ have no knowledge on what an aircraft is but have the knowledge of bird. By taking the bird as an analogy and presenting content related to the aircraft, your learner can understand the concept well and remember it for a longer period.
“Stories are the creative conversion of life itself, into a more powerful, clearer, and more meaningful experience. They are the currency of human contact.” – Robert McKee (author of the “Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting”).
It has been proved that stories motivate, engage and influence the learners. They also create an emotional connection with the learners. So, if the content is presented in the form of a story, your people can learn better and retain the content effectively.
Let’s take an example from an eLearning course that we have developed for training HR professionals on the recruitment process. In the course, we have used an avatar. This avatar tells the story of John, who is the new HR manager and wants to know more about the recruitment process. The avatar explains the steps involved in the recruitment of employees in the form of a story. By the end of the story, the learner understands how the staff is hired.
Assessments in eLearning courses help evaluate the learners’ and reinforce the learning. To create assessments which are memorable, we can use gamification. Gamification is the application of gaming elements in a non-gaming context, such as eLearning.
Let’s take an example from our eLearning course, where we developed assessments in the form of the famous magic lamp game. In this game for a correct answer, the learner gets closer to the treasure and for an incorrect answer; he had to shell out coins. This made the course engaging and effective for the learners.
Here is a screenshot of the magic lamp game:
Of course, there are numerous other ways to make your eLearning courses memorable. Please add them to this list.