Author: Bonne Nagle

  • How does retrieval and spaced learning help?

    By incorporating these strategies into our routines, we can supercharge learning potential and enhance long-term retention. So, let’s delve into the captivating world of cognitive science and uncover the remarkable benefits of retrieval and spaced learning. I. Retrieval Practice:As educators, we often focus on the presentation of information during learning sessions—yet the act of retrieving…

  • Do comics help in the classroom?

    According to a study in the use of comics in classrooms, comics are being proven to show an increase of motivation in students along with better retention of knowledge, especially in the field of language learning. Comics can facilitate a better understanding of complex required texts by serving as a preliminary reading activity and can…

  • Does bold text help in learning?

    Let’s talk about bolding text in online courses. It’s a simple yet effective way to make your course content more readable and understandable. Whether you’re a teacher or a student, knowing the benefits of bolding text can help you create or engage with better online courses. So, let’s dive into the advantages of using bolded…

  • How should you align images?

    A study titled “The Impact of Image Position on Reading Comprehension: A Comparison Between Right and Left Aligned Images” conducted by researchers from the University of Haifa compared the impact of image position on reading comprehension. The study was published in the Journal of Educational Psychology in 2017. The researchers conducted two experiments using eye-tracking…

  • What quiz questions are the most effective?

    We all know that quizzes are a common tool used by educators to assess student learning. But quizzes can also be an incredibly powerful tool for enhancing learning outcomes. When designed properly, quizzes can promote deep learning, help students retain information, and even increase motivation. So, what makes a quiz well-designed? First and foremost, a…

  • Can sound make learning better?

    Sound effects in online learning can be a powerful tool for engaging students and enhancing their learning experience. While many online courses rely solely on text and images to convey information, sound effects can add an additional layer of interest and excitement to the course content. In this blog post, we will explore some of…

  • Motivate Learners by Using Personalized Tone

    Here is a step-by-step guide to changing formal language to a personalized, casual tone for an online course: By following these steps, you can make your online course materials more personalized and engaging, which can help improve student motivation, engagement, and learning outcomes.

  • Can font size improve retention?

    As educators, we are always looking for ways to improve the learning outcomes of our students. One overlooked aspect that has been gaining attention in recent years is the font size used in educational materials. While it may seem like a small detail, research has shown that font size can have a significant impact on…

  • Narration or bullet points in training?

    Bullet points are a common way to organize information in a clear and concise manner. However, they can often be dry and unengaging, making it difficult for readers to stay focused and retain the information presented. In this article, we’ll explore how to replace bullet points with a narrative story, graphics, and animations to make…

  • Can pre-tests improve retention?

    When you design learning it’s never just a course. It’s a pre-test. It’s a post test. It’s a job aid. It’s everything that we can do to improve retention. Pretests can be a valuable tool for both instructors and students in a course. They provide a way to assess students’ knowledge before beginning a new…

  • How do you add games in learning?

    I’ll also add that learners are motivated by risk; so taking points, levels, goods, badges, is also a way.

  • How do you increase critical thinking?

    Like any skill, it requires practice.

  • How to make brainstorming better?

    Ask questions, instead of answers.

  • How do you improve learner interactivity in an online course?

    Ever have a session where you are the only one talking? Where learners don’t answer questions or polls? How do you change that environment? Surprisingly, it’s not the learners – it’s you. Three things you can do:

  • How do you make lectures better?

    Are you facilitating or doing live sessions? Be sure to add time for active participation to increase scores.

  • Can Workbooks Help Retention?

    Do you create workbooks for your courses? A study for young adults measured brain activity during typing and writing was the most effective to encode new information. Even with digital writing. So, help your learners write good notes with a workbook.

  • How Can Memorization Be A Good Learning Tool?

    Memorization is useful. It’s not always about creating or evaluating.

  • How to Support Cognitive Learning?

    By allowing learners a chance to pause and reflect before submitting an answer, allows time to decide on the right answer, not the first answer.

  • How Things Work, an eLearning Challenge

    A challenge is to share a simple demo or interaction to show how something works.

  • Can You Use TikTok For Learning?

    The way we consume media often has an impact on consuming knowledge. A small study showed learners learned more from TikTok than standard course materials and we also more motivated to study more. To make it yours: The hurdles:

  • What Can Be Used Instead of the ADDIE Model?

    ADDIE, Bloom’s Taxonomy. I’ve always loosely followed these. ADDIE is how I set up project work and Bloom’s is really what I used to design interactions. In reality, I use Dick and Carey to design my courses. It turns “Identify relevant article to follow” to “In a call center enviroment, a help desk agent will…

  • How to Create A Course For Skill Mastery?

    Shake things up to help learners master skills, and not just repetition.

  • How Do You Deepen Learning?

    Learning is more than repetition. You need to have a challenge retrieval process to make things more sticky. In training, I like to use activities where the learner doesn’t have access to the tools or resources – what will they remember? Recalling information in a new environment is challenging. Introducing confusing or irrelevant information also…

  • How Do You Motivate Learners?

    Solid instructional design can be movitating. I use micro-learning to build confidence and help learners feel like they can do it. Usually, these courses are the teaser to a full course or curriculum. A precheck or a small interaction in the course will do the same. And building compentency? Putting in a real effort to…

  • Do Flashcards Help In Studying?

    Flashcards are a good study tool. But if you are looking for retention, is self-made or pre-made flash cards better? It turns out self-made flashcards that paraphrase resulted in better performance vs self-made with definitions or pre-made. The Study

  • How to Improve Retention in a Courses?

    Have you thought about color on your courses? This study showed that when you use color-coding in a course, it improves retention Normally, I bold the words the learning should pay attention. Then I added bold, and orange to the important words. The Study

  • Making Effective Learning Videos

    How do you incorporate questions with a video training? A small study showed: 88% prefer the video and questions on the same screen, not in the video 55% wanted to answer the question during, not after, the video Make It Yours Add the video and questions on the same slide, at the same time. It…