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Avoid Passive Learning Moments with Friction

Avoid Passive Learning Moments by Creating Social Friction

When we create a reinforcement program, we want learners to engage with the material.

If the learner is actively engaging in the material, then a passive information delivery system can still be an effective tool.

Every reinforcement course should create opportunities for interaction with the material to make a lesson more engaging and motivating for learners.

To avoid that "smooth flow," consider creating a little friction, something that requires learners to chew on the material. The most effective reinforcement courses feature a balance between "flow" and " friction" to keep it interesting.

Here are some ideas for ways to create "friction" in your reinforcement course:

Help Your Learner Make Connections

The brain needs to actively work to increase the impact of a reinforcement program. 

Don’t tell the learner. SHOW the learner. Showing rather than telling allows the learner to come to their own conclusions and stay actively involved in their journey. 

Provide scenarios. Let the learner make connections on their own. Instead of writing a script, let the learner make connections that makes sense to them. 

Encourage Social Friction

Another friction to the learning by encouraging interactions. Each learner is going to bring their own perspectives to a discussion. This will lead to a greater overall understanding of the training material.

Interested in learning more about creating social friction and the perfect reinforcement flow? Download Part 1 of the Mindmarker Total Concept ebook: The 7 Principles of Reinforcement.

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