Tip #479: Is “Spaced” Education an Effective Training Approach?

On August 5, 2013, Posted by , In curriculum design, By ,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #479: Is “Spaced” Education an Effective Training Approach?

To repeat what others have said, requires education; to challenge it, requires brains.” Mary Pettibone Poole

Harvard Medical School has created an online platform, QStream.com, to deliver web-based health education courses in developing countries. The content is accessible via computer, laptop and mobile phone. The intention is a good one- to find a faster, more efficient, and less resource-dependent way to teach health workers in remote locations.

The approach is called “spaced” education and is entirely comprised of multiple-choice questions. Once a participant answers a question, the website provides a brief explanation of the correct and incorrect answers. It claims to deliver the questions to participants in an adaptive format and to reinforce those topics in which the participant … Read the rest

Tip #441: Did They Get It? 35 Ways to Check Learner Comprehension, Part Two

On October 29, 2012, Posted by , In learning activities, By ,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #441: Did They Get It? 35 Ways to Check Learner Comprehension, Part Two

“There is a great difference between knowing and understanding: you can know a lot about something and not really understand I”.  Charles Kettering

There may be 50 ways to leave your lover, but there are at least 35 ways to check learner comprehension at the close of a training session. Last week’s Tip looked at 15 Paper-Based closing activities. This week’s Tip will look at Spoken Word, Materials and Movement -based closing activities.

With only one or two exceptions, these learning activities are also completely self-directed. This means that the facilitator simply provides the necessary instructions and materials, and then gets out of the participants’ way.

The facilitator will need to allocate from 10 to 50 minutes for these closing … Read the rest

Tip #440: Did They Get It? 35 Ways to Check Learner Comprehension, Part One

On October 22, 2012, Posted by , In learning activities, By ,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #440: Did They Get It? 35 Ways to Check Learner Comprehension, Part One

“Much learning does not teach understanding.” Heraclitus of Ephesus

There may be 50 ways to leave your lover, but there are at least 35 ways to check learner comprehension at the close of a training session.

These 35 ways to check learning comprehension fall into one of four categories: (1) Paper-Based, (2) Spoken Word-Based, (3) Materials-Based, or (4) Movement-Based. Some of the activities skim the surface of learner comprehension, while others require much deeper thought.

With only one or two exceptions, these learning activities are completely self-directed. This means that the facilitator simply provides the necessary instructions and materials, and then gets out of the participants’ way.

The facilitator will need to allocate from 10 to 50 minutes for … Read the rest