Psychology The Psychology of Learning

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slide 1: Educational Psychology: The Psychology of Learning According to Merriam Webster’s dictionary “Psychology is defined as the mental or behavioural characteristics of an individual or a group.” It affects the learning of the individual and their perception about the phenomenon and happenings around them. Learning on the other hand refers to the change in behaviour or attitude based on acquiring new knowledge skills opinions and values. However it is not necessarily linked to performance which is the application of ‘learning’ in one’s daily life. Educational psychology plays a vital role in the eLearning industry. It is the study of how human beings learn and inculcate their learning’s in their daily lives. Understanding the psychology of learning carries its own importance. The courses that are being developed for the target audience be it adults children professionals mid-sized workers or entrepreneurs carry a zero value if the behaviour of the latter is unaffected. The educational psychology takes into account the various domains of learning and links it with the human experiences in order to facilitate the learning process. The eLearning industry relies primarily on the goal of making its target audience learn. Until and unless we understand what human educational psychology is all about and apply it while designing and developing training materials we won’t be able to achieve our goal of making the learner learn. Keeping this in mind all training materials should be developed considering certain key features. Some of the key features are: State the benefits of the training to motivate the learner to learn Provide specific observable and relevant objectives Present the content in an interesting manner using a variety of media Provide adequate and relevant interactivities to keep the leaner involved and engaged throughout the course Give frequent opportunities for practice and provide guidance Ensure that the new skill/knowledge is absorbed and transferred in their daily lives These features are framed keeping in mind the universal need of learners – although some of the features might be tweaked to suit the geographical cultural and chronological needs of the learners. Nowadays with the increasing competition and raised industry benchmarks new ideas are being employed to make a course “different” from the rest. Most of the times these courses which appear very rich graphically have very less content and the information is not laid according to the basic rules of educational psychology. This results in the end user feeling ‘amused’ rather than feeling ‘learned’. This kind of knowledge fades away within a very short time span and doesn’t reap long term benefits. Yes making a graphic rich course is a cherry on top of

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the cake however it is the responsibility of the instructional designers/content writers to create a course that follows the theories of learning. Hence it is necessary for everyone involved in the eLearning industry primarily those who deal with the content to keep themselves well versed with fundamentals of educational psychology and its effect on human pedagogy. At the same time keep an eye on the new market trends and seamlessly blend it with educational psychology to create effective courses. Copyright © 2014 ITAD Learning. All rights reserved. Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Copyright T ell Us How We Can Help You Call Us Now Live Help

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