In my previous blog, Content Chunking in E-Learning: 10 Practical Tips – Part 1, I have shared five tips on content chunking. In this blog, I would like to share the other five.
The text in the above screenshot can be chunked, using short one-sentence paragraphs, when you are unable to divide the sentence into short sentences. Bulleted points with full sentences are also helpful to the learner, as they convey a clear meaning. When compared to long sentences with multiple paragraphs, these sentences are more helpful to the learner in taking a break and recalling what the last sentence was about.
Make sure that such sentences are not too long and convey the meaning effectively.
Shown above is an example where “scannable” text with key words is chunked. Key words are those that are written in bold or underlined. These words help get the attention of the learner.
Key words help the learner by guiding him through the important elements of the screen. Learners can also retain information effectively by memorizing the key words.
The above content can be chunked by using an image. Images or graphics are non-textual elements. Learning is made easy and effective with the help of graphics. Images or animations are used to replace loads of text and reduce the cognitive load on learners. They are designed to optimize learning and performance. For example, you can explain the working of human lungs more effectively using images than mere text.
The above content can be chunked by using an on-screen animation with audio. For example, the process of human respiration can be explained using an animation which is narrated in detail. This helps gain learners’ attention and facilitates effective retention of information. It also reduces the cognitive load on the learners.
As we know, “A picture is worth a thousand words”. We can chunk the content and present by using only images on the screen which appears in sync with audio. It’s a great way to support visuals and used to enhance the effectiveness of learning.
Thus, you can chunk content effectively. Please do share your thoughts.