Chapter 9

When Less Is More

Why Training Is Too Flabby

What Is Too Much?

When Stories Defeat Learning

Making Lessons Interesting

Does Music Improve Learning?

Do You Work Too Hard?

When Visuals Overload the Brain

Still Visuals Versus Animations

Applying Less Is More to Your Training


Recently, I received an announcement from a popular online second-language training application promising adjuncts similar to the one shown in Figure 9-1. No doubt these adjuncts are intended to spice up the lessons and motivate learners. You have likely seen (or even produced) various embellishments like these in an attempt to jazz up content. Are these adjuncts helpful or harmful?

Figure 9-1. Visual Added to Enliven Learning

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