February 1, 2016

Among its many attributes, multi-sensory training brings learning efficiency. There are several obvious reasons.

Multi-sensory instruction reduces seat time. Estimates are that learning occurs 38-70% faster than with traditional classroom instruction, and course content is mastered 60% faster.

Perhaps equally important is, that when compared with traditional classroom instruction, multi-sensory training also results in better learning.

Studies show that participants increase understanding by more than 50%, resulting in greater learning gains. Participants also demonstrate 25 to 50% higher content retention, and 50 to 60% greater consistency in content understanding.

In the best multi-sensory courseware , full-motion video, dynamic graphics and optional word-for-word audio do most of the teaching. The designs are competency-based and real-world in nature.

Trainees learn how to perform “hard” or “soft” skills, and they are taught these skills within the context of relevant job or life situations.

Driven by the business sector’s need to show return on investment, effective multi-sensory instruction is also measurable.

It has testing elements that assess a student’s incoming skill or knowledge level, and re-evaluates progress upon completion. Most importantly, those tests can be re-used months after initial training to measure retention, the bottom-line of successful learning.

Interactivity is one of the most critical factors for the success of multi-sensory learning.

Instead of being uninvolved trainees, receiving information delivered in a passive environment, well-designed multi-sensory programs require learners to be active participants in their own learning process. The learner controls the sequence and path of learning.

Multi-sensory e-Learning, with embedded flexible and non-linear design, can accommodate a wide variety of learning styles and ability levels.

Slow learners, for instance, can spend more time reviewing and practicing difficult material, while fast learners are not penalized by boredom or frustration under an externally imposed pace or path.

Optional word-for-word audio allows less fluent readers an equal opportunity to learn while, at the same time, the more fluent readers can disengage the audio function and move forward at their own choosing.

Flexible, non-linear programs can also deliver instruction in varying depths so that it can be used for different purposes.

Without question, multi-sensory instruction is the ideal choice for skills acquisition.

So, pack away your re-purposed PowerPoint presentations along with your outmoded textbooks. There is a much better way to increase learning and retention.

Multi-sensory e-Learning!

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— Bill Walton, co-Founder, ITC Learning (Mondays & Wednesdays)

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