What Does 'Multimedia Interactive Training' Actually Mean?
Our brains are connected to the outside world by our senses - feel, touch, sight, smell etc. and each of these provides stimulation to the brain in varying degrees. Each time we record some knowledge, or learn something, we make changes to our brain.
The quality of that recording and our ability to play it back when needed can be improved by the level of intensity of the input from the senses. One of the biggest sensory overloads to experience these days is jumping out of an aeroplane. Talk to anyone who's done a sky-dive, and their memory of the experience is so powerful that they re-live the whole thing over again as their story unfolds.
Their level of sensory perception was so intense that they can approach total recall after the event. Relating this to the world of training, it's now well understood that the more senses we stimulate in the learning process, the better quality of recording the brain will produce, and the deeper our level of understanding.
A large amount of information received by the brain comes through our eyes - via perspective, movement, texture, colour and depth for example. So we're not really reinforcing a message by reading black text on a white background. In fact, for some people the effort required to interpret the letters into meaning actually stands in the way of them remembering what they've just read. (If that's you, you're probably already struggling to get the point here!) Most people tend to translate the written word into an audio message for the brain to receive it and log it in. In other words, we read the script to ourselves (as opposed to out loud) so in this case the brain remembers an audio message, not a visual one at all.
Multimedia interactive training is all about stimulation of the mind by engaging as many senses as possible. The more unusual or different the visual stimulus (in terms of colour, movement, shape and contrast) the more we're likely to remember. In turn this enriches the learning experience which makes the process of learning more pleasurable, another key to more effective knowledge retention.
The principal senses we use to learn are visual, audio and kinaesthetic. We all differ in how much of each we use, and which predominate, but the ratios are generally 40 percent, 20 percent & 40 percent respectively. Many men are more visual (look/see) and kinaesthetic (touchy/feely), so are more likely to 'self teach/have a go' when learning their way around a computer. Women tend to have greater audio retention - men often complain women can't forget something they said months ago!
Women are generally more interested in the words of a song, whereas men might prefer to watch the video of the song. Men tend to watch sport and action films while women like dramas with more words than action, along with interesting visual sets. The more kinaesthetic person will tend to play with something like a pen without thinking about it. In a learning environment, it often helps a highly kinaesthetic personality to have something in their hand, like a squeezy ball or unusual shape to 'ground' their other senses.
So no matter who you are, your learning experience is enhanced when your training is delivered using audio visual, demonstrations and interactive learning. The power of the signal to the brain is many times stronger than when simply reading the written word alone.
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