When creating a traditional eLearning course, many instructional designers feel limited in how many Activities they can create. Although they know it’s best to exercise each idea from multiple points of view, they typically only ask one or two questions per idea to avoid making their course too long or redundant. This is because many traditional courses present learners all of the activity/quiz questions in a single session. 

In OttoLearn, learners’ true mastery of a Concept is determined by how well they do over a range of Activities, delivered over time. Since the material is presented in short sessions, it can be practiced from multiple perspectives without seeming repetitive. This allows instructional designers to focus on creating Activities that improve learners’ understanding and retention, instead of worrying about course length. 

There are several reasons why you should exercise your material from multiple perspectives: 

  • Repetition improves retention 

  • Seeing information presented in different ways helps learners create stronger connections to existing knowledge (scaffolding)

  • More scenarios can be practiced, better preparing learners for situations they may encounter in the real world 

  • Learners will be less likely to identify a pattern and recognize the "correct" answer without actually knowing or mastering the concept

Sample Scenario

James is creating Activities for a Concept on identifying hazardous materials. His employees work in an environment with corrosive materials, so it is important that they can quickly identify the corrosive symbol. He creates the following Activities:

Does the symbol for “corrosive” appear below? 

  1. Yes
  2. No 

Does the symbol for “corrosive” appear below? 

  1. Yes
  2. No 

Which of the following symbols indicates that a substance is “corrosive”? 

  1.  

  2.   

Which of the following symbols indicates that a substance is “corrosive”? 

  1.  

What does the following symbol mean? 

  1. Toxic 
  2. Flammable 
  3. Corrosive
  4. Explosive 
  5. Oxidizer 
  6. None of the above 

What does the following symbol mean? 

  1. Toxic 
  2. Flammable 
  3. Compressed gas
  4. Explosive 
  5. Oxidizer 
  6. None of the above