Designing online courses that successfully engage and educate learners requires a deep understanding of how the brain processes information. By incorporating insights from neuroscience, we can create courses that significantly improve retention, understanding, and application of knowledge. Below, we offer a short list of tips based on neuroscience principles to help you develop memorable online courses.

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  1. Use Multisensory Delivery
    • Incorporate visuals, video and audio elements.
  2. Chunk Content
    • Cut down information into small, digestible segments.
  3. Encourage Active Learning
    • Promote interaction through frequent, low-stakes testing and discussions.
  4. Incorporate Real-Life Examples and Use Stories and Analogies
    • Use relatable scenarios to illustrate concepts and make abstract concepts more concrete
  5. Provide Immediate Feedback
    • Offer appropriate responses to learner input.
  6. Promote Social Learning
    • Facilitate peer collaboration and discussions.
  7. Design for Cognitive Load
    • Simplify visuals and avoid overloading information.
  8. Encourage Metacognition
    • Teach learners to reflect on their learning processes.
  9. Use Emotion to Enhance Memory
    • Link content to emotional experiences and use humour where appropriate.
  10. Incorporate Movement
    • Encourage breaks and recommend activities to learners that involve physical engagement.

Doru Lupeanu

Marketing Director @KnowledgeOne. Strategist. Movie scriptwriter. Transylvanian. Fanatic anime consumer.