Dual coding – pairing relevant images with words – is a strategy from cognitive psychology that makes the most of the visual and audio channels for learning in working memory. Teachers can use dual coding strategies to design classroom materials that enhance learning and improve adult student outcomes in their behavior-change course.
Here are practical classroom activities that make use of the evidence based strategies of spacing and retrieval practice from cognitive psychology. Building these strategies into your learning design and teaching them to your students can improve adult learner outcomes in your behavior-change course.
Because one-third of adult learners are trauma impacted, teachers, trainers and college faculty must be equipped with strategies to help these learners relax their vigilance and free up psychological energy for learning. One place to start is by creating safety, predictability and consistency through trauma-informed classroom structures and processes.
The last activity of your lesson or training should include a performance task in which learners apply what they've learned to a real-life task. Create these demonstration of learning tasks to mimic the situations in which learners will need to use what they know and make this the last task of your session.