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Information overload

This post was written by Andrew Downes and first appeared on the Epic blog on 19th March 2013.

manage overloads using learning platformsHave you ever felt like your brain is full and you just can’t take any more information in? Maybe you were preparing for an exam, starting a new job or just getting to the end of a long day. There’s only so much information the human brain can take in, particularly in a short space of time.

This is why at Epic we work with you to distil the key information that a learner needs. We then focus our learning design around those learning objectives. In this Insight, we consider the use of white space within e-learning programmes.

This principle also applies to learning platforms. When you get your shiny new Moodle, the temptation may be to add as much stuff as possible to it. Every document loosely related to your learning topic gets uploaded and empty discussion boards and wikis are added for every conceivable discussion point. The learner, and the key message you are trying to communicate, get lost.

One of the commonly cited reasons for the success of Google search engine is its simplicity. The user can very easily and quickly find exactly what they are looking for. You should apply this to managing your learning platform. What are the key messages you want to say to your learners? Say these things well, then stop and give them space to be heard.

At Epic we create, implement and support a wide range of learning platforms to suit your needs. This can include training to help you make the most of your platform and get the right messages across.