E-Learning Blog: Successful e-Learning eCourses

by Diane Kramer Ph.D. on November 28, 2010

What is the goal of learning and e-learning? To create relatively permanent change in a person’s mind and/or behavior so that their performance improves in a desired direction.

What changes internally as the person learns? Neurons in the brain actually grow toward each other to create new circuitry, representing the new learning. At the tip of the neurons, the neuro-transmitter chemicals change so that the electrical activity in the learning circuit is faciliated. This translates into effective learning, remembering and performance improvement.

How to use e-Learning to create those changes in the brain and subsequent changes in the mind and behavior, resulting in performance improvement? In order to create the required changes in the relatively permanent long-term store or memory of the brain, new information has to move from short-term store or memory into the long-term store. That process of successful movement from short-term to long-term store is called ENCODING.

Encoding takes time, sometimes up to three weeks. To facilitate the encoding process, consider the following factors:

1. Practice, practice and more practice keeps the new learning in a temporary store while the new neural coding representing the learning is developing.

2. Breaking learning down into tiny steps helps the learning process.

3. Organizing the material within a framework accelerates encoding.

4. Stories that arouse emotions facilitate the encoding process.

5. Any type of active learning such as: rewriting the material in your own words, choosing the right answer, assessing  yourself regarding the material, answering questions and writing examples all help the encoding process.

The PeakSkills e-Learning Development Platform is an e-Learning Development application and LMS that allows the e-Learning Developer to easily incorporate the above factors into e-Learning eCourses.

If you would like to learn more about our e-Learning Development Platform, including our LMS, authoring tools, and eCourses, as well as our e Learning Certification course, please contact me, Diane Kramer, Ph.D., at dkramer@peakskillslearning.com or 631-630-0570.

Warmly, Diane

Dr. Diane Kramer
PeakSkills Learning Systems, Inc.
Huntington, NY
631-923-1033
dkramer@peakskillslearning.com

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