Scaffolding helps learners create associations between Concepts and helps to fill in knowledge gaps. 

You can use prerequisites to establish scaffolded knowledge by setting simple Concepts as prerequisites to more complex Concepts. 

“Complex” does not necessarily mean that the information is difficult to understand.

For example, when learning about SMART goals you may want learners to understand each letter in the acronym first, and then learn how to set effective goals.

Within OttoLearn, there are two types of prerequisites to choose from —  mastery prerequisites and   exploration prerequisites 

LevelMastery Prerequisites Exploration Prerequisites

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It is important to use prerequisites carefully to get the maximum benefit from scaffolding. 

OttoLearn uses spaced repetition, which prevents learners from achieving mastery through short-term cramming. If you use too much scaffolding, you can create a situation where learners’ progress is artificially delayed.