I’ve been thinking a lot about the importance of asking questions in E-Learning. Questions interrupt passive learning and require people to think. Depending on how questions are asked, they can be instrumental in demonstrating how to apply new knowledge on the job. Questions help learners process information and move knowledge from short term to long term memory. At MicroAssist we use learning checks throughout lessons to help learners focus on important concepts. The questions we ask in a final assessment also help learners concentrate on the most important aspects of the training.
As adult learners, there are a number of things we seek in our training. Some top factors include:
A psychologist at Princeton University conducted a study to determine if fonts that are more difficult to read cause people to think hard about what they read and remember it better. The results are surprising.
I just read presentationzen by Garr Reynolds. It is a quick read with terrific graphics. I think the book is mostly targeted to business people who have no graphic or instructional design background, but it has valuable information for people who design training materials every day.