Recent research in Cognitive Sciences has given us great insight into how we learn and relate to one another. After studying these methodologies closely, Curiosity Road has developed learning tools that will make learning not only easier but also fun.
Here’s a quick summary of the important methodologies we considered while building the tools:
- Bite-sized Learning: In Bite-sized Learning, the learning material is broken down into smaller pieces for easier absorption. Common methods are bullet points, lists, diagrams, flowcharts, etc. Research indicates that human memory can retain between 5 and 9 items at one go. However, with reducing attention spans, the ability to retain information is decreasing.
Bite-sized learning enables the learners to focus on important points and chose topics of their interest. It is up to the learners to explore the subject deeper if they so wish.
- Retrieval Learning/ Quizzes: Retrieval learning through assessments increases recall and retention abilities. It has been proved that even unsuccessful retrieval attempts enhance learning.
- Spaced Repetition: The learner is exposed to learning material at regular time intervals in order to reinforce learning and increase retention. This exploits the psychological phenomena called Spacing Effect, which states that people learn better when exposed to learning material over regular intervals in a long time span rather than cramming material in a short time span.
- Forgetting Curve: Did you know that most learners tend to forget 90% of what is learned within 3-6 days? The Forgetting Curve as formulated by Hermann Ebbinghaus formulates the relationship between memory and time. This 100 year old theory states that a learner can recall information for a longer time period if the learning is reinforced periodically.
- Collaborative Learning: It is a form of learning where individuals come together and learn from each other. It can take place in classrooms or online forums like a Discussion Board or chat rooms. Contributing to discussions, sharing experiences, joint problem-solving, etc. are examples of collaborative learning.
- Flipped Classroom: Imagine learners accessing the course material before the session. Material can be in audio, video or text form as per the course requirements. Learners are expected to go through the course material thoroughly prior to entering the face-to-face training session. The training session can then be utilized for discussions, exchange of ideas and clarification of doubts.