Interactive e-Learning Approach
Integrating multimedia content (such as simulations, 3-D and 360-degree rotation objects, virtual reality, etc.) into interactive training applications should be driven by cognitive/learning principles rather than for "audio-visual" enhancement. PNNL's cognitive approach to Instructional System Design is based on fundamental learning concepts and a technical approach that creates multimedia learning objects that have specific learning and performance objectives. These interactive learning objects support the design and implementation of scenario-based instruction.
When we define learning objectives for these interaction elements, they become learning objects that:
- Allow learners to check their understanding
- Guide student practice with worked examples
- May be re-used in lesson quizzes and module tests
- Form building blocks for integrated, practical scenarios.
Distinctive features of our cognitive approach include:
- It engages learners to solve real-world problems, progressing from simple to complex.
- It relates material to previous experiences.
- It demonstrates (rather than telling the learner) what is to be learned using interactive, problem-centered activities.
- It requires learners to use their new knowledge to solve problems (guiding the learner with feedback and coaching early and gradually withdrawing this support as learning progresses).
- It encourages learners to use the new knowledge in relevant applied settings.