Is Interactivity Always Best?

By Nathan Pienkowski It’s almost a given these days that learning programs need to be interactive.  Instructional designers are constantly looking for ways to boost interactivity as a means of increasing engagement, uptake, and retention.  To be sure, there are very good reasons for this. But, are there times when interactivity is counter-productive?  Are there […]

Dealing with the Limits on Human Perception, Attention, & Cognition, Part Two

Part Two of a Two-Part Series By Nathan Pienkowski In Part I of this series, we discussed the fact that we humans have limits on what stimuli or information we can perceive and absorb.  Those limits manifest in three areas:  perception, attention, and cognition.  First, we have limits on what we can perceive.  Our brains […]

Dealing with the Limits on Human Perception, Attention, & Cognition

Part One of a Two-Part Series By Nathan Pienkowski Much has been said about the “Modern Learner.”  The concept basically states that today’s modern learners have shorter attention spans, are easily distracted, and like to have information presented to them in nice, bite-sized chunks.  The implication is that modern learners are “lazy” and will not […]

Human-Centered Learning

By Nathan Pienkowski Imagine you’re planning to design a new product that will help its users solve a specific problem. Before beginning the design process, doesn’t it make sense to first analyze the problem, understand how it affects people (your potential customers), and then design the product with end users’ perspectives and needs in mind?  […]