Chapter 4

Active Learning

When Activity Leads to Less Learning

The Engagement Grid

Instructional Methods and the Engagement Grid

Applying Engagement Principles to Your Training


Consider two quite different learning environments designed to teach the same content. The instructional goal is learning basic electromechanical principles, such as how a wet cell battery works. One lesson consists of an approximately 20-minute PowerPoint presentation that provides definitions and illustrations of the main concepts and processes. The alternative lesson is the narrative game called Cache 17 shown in Figure 4-1. In the game, you assume the role of an explorer searching a World War II bunker for valuable lost art. To navigate through the bunker, you need ...

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