Training is an event. Learning is a process. Technology supports both. Improving workplace performance is the goal.
I have learned to look at the brain’s functions the same as I look at a computer’s functions. With a computer there are I/O devices, a CPU and a Hard Drive. With the brain there is the Sensory Register which acts as I/O Devices, Short-Term Memory which acts as a CPU and Long Term Memory which acts like a Hard Drive. The web article on Information Processing provided specifications on each area of the brain that if taken into consideration will be extremely useful in designing curriculum. The Sensory Registers store info for a very short period of time, 250 ms for vision and 2-3 seconds for auditory. Once we focus on a bit of information it moves to STM where 5-9 items can be processed for about 20 sec. STM is where things we are sensing meets what we already know. When we associate new information with what we already know it is moved to LTM. We have just learned something new. With that in mind, I would like to present information in a fashion that it can be placed in more than one Sensory Register. By using YouTube videos in class I can take advantage of visual and auditory. I have found numerous educational videos on electronics theory. We have a project at work to shorten the length of one of our courses by 2 weeks. Using these videos to deliver the theory will cut down on the time needed for lecture. This will allow us to use the rest of the time for practical applications.Orey, M. (2001). Information Processing. In M. Orey (Ed.), Emerging perspectives on learning, teaching, and technology. Retrieved Jan 15, 2012, from http://projects.coe.uga.edu/epltt/
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