IBI’s instructional designers dig deep into the psychology of learners, specifically how they learn and what affects the learning process. Pay attention to these factors to understand how IBI has created better eLearning courses.

1. Meaningfulness effect is taken into consideration

The more meaningful the content, the easier it is to remember. If the content doesn’t make sense or isn’t relevant enough, learners will have a harder time to learn. That’s why it’s very important for IBI to clearly communicate the value of the course as well as seriously applies the key principles to improve retention of the material and help learners make meaning out of the material: association, organization, visual metaphors, familiarity, frequency, patterns, and acronyms.

2. Practice makes perfect

Active practice enhances retention. There is different type of practice exercises in every IBI’s lesson to yield better learning results. Many studies have already confirmed the effectiveness that practice sessions spaced in time are superior to massed practices regarding long-term retention—is one of the most reliable phenomena in human experimental psychology.

3. Levels-of-Processing Effect

The more deeply a learner processes the content, the better he or she will remember it. This deep level of processing also enhances memory by helping the learner create more meaningful knowledge.

This effect, which was identified by Fergus I. M. Craik and Robert S. Lockhart in 1972, illustrates how the depth of mental process falls on a shallow to a deep continuum. Shallow processing is susceptible to rapid deterioration, while deep processing leads to a more durable and stronger memory trace.

Here is how IBI applies the levels of processing in our eLearning course design

  • We encourage online learners to explore the topic on their own: We facilitate this in your eLearning course design by integrating self-guided eLearning courses, such as inquiry-based eLearning activities that focus on a specific concept through IBI eTeractive. Thus, learners can use online resources to compile the information and then put it into their own words to create the finished product.
  • We tie new information to preexisting knowledge: Online learners are more likely to retain and recall information if it’s linked to knowledge they already have. Therefore, the courses were designed to create connection between the related concepts which allows learners to process it on a deeper level. Include real world examples, case studies, eLearning stories, and interactive online exercises that introduce new ideas and put their previous knowledge into practice.
  • We include eLearning simulations that focus on elaboration rehearsal: Reading about the topic is one thing, but interacting with it directly and applying knowledge can significantly enhance knowledge retention. Develop eLearning scenarios that offer your online learners the chance to explore the consequences of their actions and explore a variety of different decision paths. These IBI eLearning simulations allow learners to delve into the concept and connect with the eLearning content on a more meaningful level.