Episode 118


Duration 00:09:30 Recorded on July 20, 2013

In this episode, Susan and Dan go back to the basics with the topic of chunking content.

Show Notes:

  • Susan doesn't understand why people are just now catching on that chunking is important; breaking things into bite-size pieces helps with learning.
  • Dan reminds us that accelerated learning theory shows there is an optimal attention span for adults (15 to 20 min.) and the importance of giving participants a mental breather.
  • Susan explains an instructional activity her students are currently doing, based on Robin Smith's Conquering the Content book. <a href="http://www2.uwstout.edu/content/profdev/instructonline/forms/Form%2010.doc" target="_blank">Here is a link to the form she discusses.</a>
  • Susan explains this as "gluing the pieces together." Dan asks Susan about the difference between a transition in bridge, but Susan got it wrong if you check the form. Either way, this is a manner of writing the narrative to hold everything together.
  • Dan elaborates on a recent project and how he chunked content. In his case it had to do with the end-user role as defined by the objective. This becomes a  comparison of what happens when you're working with self-paced learning versus a whole course.
  • What is the shortest amount of time the user can spend with content and still learn something?
  • Together they think through the idea of associating different pieces of content to one another, particularly when offering self-directed learning.
  • The nuggets to take away from this episode: get your content into bite-size pieces and keep in mind what Dan calls the "youtube effect" where audiences have come to expect to inexact with content in small pieces.

Listeners, how do you chunk your content?

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The LT Green Room is a podcast for Renewal, Retooling and Conversations about Learning. It is co-hosted by Susan Manning and Dan Balzer and its show topics are often drawn from members of LearningTimes.org, a free online community of education and training professionals from across the globe. The LT Green Room gives listeners (and ourselves) an opportunity to reflect on what they're doing behind the scene that results in an effective learning experience.


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Susan Manning
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Dan Balzer
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