Ask yourself …

Wouldn’t it be great if we could simply absorb new information and be instantly proficient in a new skill?

The Matrix meme

This doesn’t work in real life, sadly; this ain’t The Matrix! (Probably.)

So, what are the main factors that lead to true learning success? Before clicking on the blue check marks on the interactive map below to reveal the answers, try and guess what the top five are.

Ready to continue? Ok, go ahead.

As you can see, it takes more than just knowledge to learn successfully. We also need to:

• Identify the skills that learners need to practice and the opportunities available for them to develop proficiency.
• Consider learners’ attitudes towards change and potential resistance to altering their course.
• Assess if any required behaviors are already habits and identify existing habits that need to be unlearned.
• Identify environmental factors that hinder learners’ success and determine the necessary support.
• Ensure that goals are clearly communicated to the learners.
• Use specific strategies to identify gaps, such as questioning the practical application of knowledge, observing novices and experts, assessing the necessity of training, considering consequences of incorrect actions, envisioning the ideal outcome, and recognizing the need for practice.

Even if the learner has access to the best course materials, the best teachers, great support, and all the practice in the world, it requires a synergy of all these factors to achieve a successful outcome.

In this blog, I’ll be looking at how people learn and the ways in which we as educators can help them to reach their destination.


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