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Scaffolding is a teaching method that helps learners to work on certain exercises that they otherwise cannot complete without it. Scaffolding is meant to be remove eventually as the learner gains mastery of the lesson. In elearning, some of the common scaffolding techniques are hints, tips, and clues that are accessible through hint buttons, characters, and other user interface elements.
Emotion is an important part of the learning process. Designing a learning experience that arouses emotions from the learners can help them learn faster and retain new knowledge in their memory.
Spacing is one of the concepts under AGES model of learning. It includes the spacing effect, spaced repetition, and testing effect. Proper spacing improves learning while cramming is detrimental to its transition to the long-term memory.
One of the elements of AGES model of learning, attention is a very important part of the learning process. Develop your elearning module in a way that can get and retain the attention of learners.
Ample time for learning activities such as studying the elearning materials is essential to acquire new knowledge and skills. On the other hand, an adequate amount of time when no learning activity is done is just as important to provide rest for the brain and to allow the new knowledge to settle.
There are four stages of learning new skills: unconsciously unskilled, consciously unskilled, consciously skilled, and unconsciously skilled. You can develop your training and elearning to optimize the transition from one stage to the next.
Develop your elearning lessons to include different learning modalities, not because students learn in different ways, but because presenting the same lesson in different ways reinforces learning and helps in better knowledge retrieval.
The brain stores information in a network of interconnected pieces. Knowledge that are deep in your memory can be easily accessed if it has more connection to those pieces of knowledge that are on the surface, or those that you can retrieve easily. A lesson or an elearning module can be more effective if the new lesson is immediately connected to the learner’s existing knowledge or experience.
The AGES model: attention, generation, emotion, and spacing, explains how the brain process learning and can provide us with some tips on how to best design an elearning material.