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82 PCB007 MAGAZINE I MAY 2019 Visual Learning Throughout my under- graduate and MBA studies, I discovered that I am both a visual and experiential learner. I gain and retain knowledge far better by seeing and experiencing rather than merely reading long, boring texts. Of course, I read the books, but my comprehension and retention were a step function greater when using visual tools like mind mapping to condense the criti - cal aspects of a chapter into a one-page picture. And visual learning is not just for millennials; here are a few facts [1] that may change the way you learn or teach: • Of all the information transmitted to the brain, 90% is visual • As opposed to text, visuals are processed 60,000 times faster • Humans are capable of getting the sense of a visual scene in less than one-tenth of a second • 40% of nerve fibers are linked to the retina • Our brain can see images that last for only 13 milliseconds • The human eye can register 36,000 visual messages every hour e-Learning What is e-Learning? Elec- tronic learning is the deliv- ery of learning and training through digital resources. Al- though e-Learning is based on formalized learning, it is provided through electronic devices, such as computers, tablets, and cellphones connected to the internet. E-Learning began strictly as an educational tool primarily in universities that later filtered down through the entire educational system. In a traditional e-Learning environment, peo- ple typically learn the training content in a se- cluded, self-paced environment. But many mil- lennials prefer being in groups of other like- minded people. Collaborative learning pro- vides an opportunity for them to interact with fellow learners and share learning experienc- es. This also encourages active learning where each learner can actively participate in learn- ing activities. Microlearning Microlearning can be sim- ply understood as provid- ing e-Learning and train- ing material in small dos- es. I have long been a fan of breaking up complex proj- ects, like ISO implementation, into small, man- ageable "buckets" to avoid people being over- whelmed. These training materials could be anything that can be comprehended in a short time, such as infographics, flipbooks, interac- tive videos and PDFs, whiteboard animations, etc. This is in contrast with traditional content and heavy training courses, which get monot- onous with time. Some collateral benefits from microlearning include that: • You can quickly close a small knowledge or skill gap • It's budget-friendly and has a laser-focused scope • Learners can gain quick achievements from a short learning session • It's less disruptive for your company Accept and Adapt As difficult as it is to swallow our ever- decreasing eight-second attention span, our job is to accept the constraint and develop so- lutions that allow us to continue to provide high-quality training to new employees in this millennial age. PCB007 References 1. Jandhyala, D. "Visual Learning: Six Reasons Why Visuals Are the Most Powerful Aspect of e-Learning," eLearningIndustry.com, December 8, 2017. Steve Williams is the president of The Right Approach Consulting. To read past columns or contact Williams, click here.

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