July 25, 2017

4 Ways Learning Science Can Maximize How People Learn



Exciting new research in both neuroscience and cognitive science reveals how people’s brains actually learn—enabling L&D professionals to apply the instructional methods that work best. As Udemy’s Learning Scientist, my job is to stay up to date with the latest research and make decisions on how learning science strategies can be incorporated into both our course design and our product development.

Our goal at Udemy is to enhance student engagement and learning outcomes. Here are 4 ways we incorporate learning science into our course design to enhance the overall learning experience and maximize learning. 1. Reduce cognitive load

Research has shown that the brain has only a finite amount of space. “Cognitive load” refers to the total amount of mental effort being used in the brain and memory. The goal in creating an ideal online learning environment is to reduce cognitive load or the amount of brainpower you use on other things aside from learning. So for example, if you have to navigate a learning platform that’s difficult to use (think of the traditional corporate Learning Management System), you use up key brainpower, leaving fewer brain cells for actual learning to take place.

At Udemy, based on well-known cognitive load research […]

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