Cognitive Psychology

Gamification of Learning and Training

June 17, 2016

I’ve just published the first article in the series “Gamification of Learning & Training”.  ”Gamification – What does this new-fangled, star-spangled term mean?”  introduces the term to you by peeling the jargon off it. It first defines gamification of learning and then redefines gamification by focusing on its essence – harsh but honest, drastic but direct. I have at...

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IDEAL: Cognitive Dissonance & Other ID Principles – Relationships!

April 10, 2015
IDEAL: Cognitive Dissonance & Other ID Principles – Relationships!

Previous posts in this series: IDEAL: Understanding Cognitive Dissonance – Explanation and Illustration. IDEAL: Cognitive Dissonance in On-ground and Online Trainings – Reasons & Remedy. Cognitive Dissonance & Other Instructional Design Principles: Cognitive dissonance reflects in many other ID theories and models. This isn’t surprising because many ID theories are based on observations of the human learning behavior. If...

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Using Instructional Storytelling Storytelling for Soft-skills, Conceptual, and Technical Trainings

July 27, 2013

The battle-lines between creativity and practicality never fade, yet some instructional designers and trainers make the effort to bring creativity into the domain of teaching and training. They use various techniques to make learning more palatable and also more effective. One of these techniques is Instructional Storytelling. Through his Daily Kick in the Pants, David Wolverton (who writes fantasy...

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The IDEAL: Conformity, Compliance, and Obedience – What they are and How they Impact Trainings?

February 24, 2013
The IDEAL: Conformity, Compliance, and Obedience – What they are and How they Impact Trainings?

Conformity, Compliance, and Obedience (Explanation and Comparison with General and Training-Specific Illustrations.)   If you are a trainer, you’ve seen them all – right there in your classroom. Accepting the existence of these behaviors, and understanding them could help you implement your training programs more smoothly. Let us understand and illustrate each of these. Conformity This term is related...

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The IDEAL: Writing Glamorous Objectives vs. Writing Effective Objectives!

November 6, 2012
The IDEAL: Writing Glamorous Objectives vs. Writing Effective Objectives!

This is something that will continue to trouble me until my last day on dear Mother Earth’s bossom. Why do we glam them up? Why is it that we try to tediously work our fantastic vocabulary into  writing statements that would make people wonder whether instructional design really is about simplifying stuff? I think that the reason isn’t that...

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The IDEAL: Verbal Information

August 1, 2012
The IDEAL: Verbal Information

  Verbal Information / Verbal Skills Robert Gagne classified the outcomes of all learning processes into 5 types. Intellectual Skills Cognitive Strategy Verbal Information Attitude Motor Skill We’ve already discussed Intellectual Skills and Cognitive Strategy, and understood what sort of abilities fall under these two classes. Verbal Information is possibly the most abundantly found among the three types of...

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The IDEAL: Cognitive Strategy

June 19, 2012
The IDEAL: Cognitive Strategy

  Cognitive Strategy Robert Gagne classified the outcomes of all learning processes into 5 types. Intellectual Skills Cognitive Strategy Verbal Information Attitude Motor Skill We’ve already discussed Intellectual Skills. Gagne included Cognitive Strategy into his list of the five types of competencies that may be learned, and hence into his five types of learning outcomes; thus, drawing our attention...

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Sloth rises beyond his level of incompetence…or so he thinks.

June 14, 2012
Sloth rises beyond his level of incompetence…or so he thinks.

  Sloth tries to reduce his dissonance through deliberate misinterpretation of his supervisor’s remark.     Cognitive Dissonance:   Cognitive dissonance is the discomfort that people feel when they experience something that doesn’t agree with their existing knowledge or beliefs.  When Sloth’s supervisor tells him that he’s got a bad average rating for his trainings,  he experiences a discomfort...

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5-Tips for creating Storyboards without Losing your Mind.

June 14, 2012

Developing Storyboards for eLearning without losing your Mind or (Beating the Fixated ID Syndrome)   Here’s the scene. You’ve just completed your storyboard. It took you 10 interminably long days to finish it – and it’s finally done. You should be on cloud nine. You should be planning your weekend. You should feel free. But you don’t. Instead, you...

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The IDEAL: Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences

May 12, 2012
The IDEAL: Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences

  Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences Howard Gardner reviewed the existing definition of intelligence and broadened it to explain intelligence as “a set of abilities” used to resolve problems within a given cultural context. Thus, he moved away from the viewpoint that intelligence is general and universal. Gardner listed the following 7 intelligences. Musical Intelligence Kinesthetic Intelligence Mathematical/Logical...

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