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Fiona quigley director of learning innovation aurionlearning

Accelerated Learning Techniques

in eLearning Design

Conference Presentation for – Ed Tech 2008

Irish Learning Technology Association - http://www.ilta.net/

Fiona Quigley

Director of Learning & Innovation

AurionLearning


Exploring Accelerated Learning

  • Used in the Classroom as a matter of course

  • Continues to grow in popularity and especially in eLearning circles

  • Can we actually learn faster or is it just the latest “pedagogical buzz word”?


Key Accelerated Learning Principles

  • Emotional State of Learner

  • Whole Braining Strategies

  • Multimodal learner-friendly environment

  • Socialised and peer learning




  • EVALUATION

  • SYNTHESIS

  • ANALYSIS

  • APPLICATION

  • COMPREHENSION

  • KNOWLEDGE


Objective level

Description

Receive

Become aware, to attend willingly or selectively

Respond

To act or comply; to perform an act willingly and to obtain satisfaction from it

Value

To accept, prefer or commit one’s self to an object or behaviour because of its perceived worth or value. To appreciate.

Organise

To compare, relate and synthesise values into one’s own value system

Characterise

To integrate values or value systems into one’s style or philosophy of life. Behaviour that typifies or characterizes a person.

1. Emotional State of Learner - Values


1. Emotional State of Learner – Examining Attitudes & Values


2. Whole Brain Strategies

  • Right Brain

  • Prefer rock music!

  • Prefer visual instructions with examples

  • Good at sports

  • Good at art

  • Cat lovers

  • Like to read fantasy and mystery stories

  • Can listen to music or TV while studying

  • Like to write fiction

  • Enjoy making up own drawings and images

  • Prefer group work

  • Left Brain

  • Prefer classical music

  • Verbal instructions

  • Good at maths

  • Like to read

  • Very logical

  • Tend to be dog lovers!

  • Good memory

  • Need total quiet to read or study

  • Like to read realistic stories

  • Like to write non-fiction

  • Prefer individual work


2. Whole Brain Strategies– Making Connections!

Left Brain

Frequent Summaries

Right Brain

Background Music


2. Whole Brain Learning Approach

  • Traditional eLearning: left (logical) hemisphere

  • Present to both hemispheres

  • Make as many connections aspossible!

  • Create more vivid and last memories

Whole Brain Learning = activate left & right using patterns,

colours, metaphor, stories Dramas, visuals, sound and movement

Story & Drama


2. Whole Brain Strategies – Interactive Drama

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2. Whole Brain Strategies - Drama

Emphasis on case study, drama and real-world experience, for direct application and relevance


Visual

Auditory

Kinaesthetic

3. Multimodal Environment (VAK Model – senses)




3. Multimodal Environment– Audio Storytelling


3. Multimodal Environment– Kinaesthetic Activities


Learner - content

Multiple choice, matching, sequence…

Case study, game, problem…

BLOG

Learner - learner

Projects

Buddy system

Discussions (electronic)

Learner - teacher

Asking questions

Answering questions

Giving feedback

4. Socialised & Peer Learning


4. Socialisation & Peer Learning - Tools

  • FAQ tools

  • Blogs

  • Wikis

  • Discussion Fora

  • Socialisation tools – Bebo, Facebook


Summary

  • Learning can be accelerated but only if:

    • Learner is relaxed

    • Encouraged to use the whole of their brain

    • Encouraged to use multiple senses

    • Encouraged to connect to others


References & Further Reading

  • Books

  • Michael Allen, 2007, Designing Successful eLearning, Wiley

  • Clark Aldrich, 2004, Simulations & The Future of eLearning, Pfeiffer

  • Win Wenger et al, 2003,The Einstein Factor, Nightingale Conant

  • Trica Armstrong, 2001, The Whole-Brain Solution, Pembroke

  • Dave Meier, 2000, The Accelerated Learning Handbook, McGraw-Hill

  • Websites

  • http://www.accelerated-learning-online.com/

  • http://www.themindgym.com/

  • http://www.winwenger.com/


Thanks!

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Questions?


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