Infographic - Pay Attention-Adult Learners Need Engaging Course Design -- Allen Communication

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Maintaining focus in the workplace has been a constant hotbed of discussion over the last decade across all professions. Each year, more and more research is released proclaiming the rapid decline of our attention span throughout the workday.

While the jury is still out on whether goldfish maintain better focus than adult humans, one thing is quite clear, the way we pay attention and process information has undergone a major shift. This shift can be primarily attributed to the advancements made in technology, from social media to digital devices, items commonly accessible to the average adult in the workplace.

With the everyday tasks of most career professionals lasting well beyond a few seconds, companies must now find ways to not only keep their workforce engaged, but cater to this changing landscape of short attention spans.

This informative infographic shares what affects the attention span of adult learners and how thoughtful course design can be a powerful tool in meeting the needs of how today’s learners focus best.

Infographic - Pay Attention-Adult Learners Need Engaging Course Design -- Allen Communication

 

How is your company helping its adult learners to stay focused in the workplace?

 


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  1. Downes

    I would have to disagree with your “declutter the course, removing “extra” graphics, video. In fact, we are seeing folks go straight to a video and ignore everything else. We now have three adult generations in play who have all been entirely socialized as “screen beanies” – when they see a screen, a whole array of expectations are engaged. When we just have boring, boring, text, then they are….bored and switch off. I am all for minimalist approaches that are not visually overloaded or too too much, but defining what are “extras” for adult learners coming to a class with a variety of previous work experiences and knowledge bases, it is difficult to define – what is extra. For one student, they might watch three-four or however many videos you post; another student with greater starting knowledge may only need one. Same with the graphics – pictures are instantly uploaded brain wise – picture tells a 1,000 words. Pictures are used to “declutter” text.

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