Tip #269: Save Interactivity for Complex Subjects

On March 27, 2009, Posted by , In brain research, By ,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #269: Save Interactivity for Complex Subjects

Last week, we discussed the fact that Edgar Dale’s Cone of Experience has been misinterpreted to suggest a direct correlation between learner interactivity and learning retention. In fact, research has proven that doing is not always more efficient than seeing, and seeing is not always more effective than reading.

According to the findings published in Multimodal Learning Through Media: What the Research Says, there is a clear rationale for using multimedia in learning. However, although complex skill building benefits from interactive learning, basic skill building is better accomplished through non-interactive learning.

As it turns out, doing is not always more efficient than seeing. The reality is that for the novice student engaged in basic skill building, such as learning … Read the rest