Baking Search into Your Learning Program

Remember the movie, “Midnight in Paris”? An American couple arrives in Paris and the wife is trying to speak French. She reminds me of ….me, when I’m trying to speak French, constantly self-correcting after saying a phrase.  Is it “J’etais” or “Je suis allee” when I’m trying to say I went somewhere?

Not hard to find out what’s correct.  Just do a Google search!

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A prominent venture capitalist recently tweeted that the best online learning comes from search. I agree for the most part because this appeals to the curious in us who have a need to find out something we don’t know.

But, I find it really works well as part of a learning program that doesn’t provide all the answers or you want to experiment and “test” or play with what you’ve learned.  For example, Pimsleur is an audio program that is excellent for learning French but its big downfall is that it has very little text that goes with the program.  Somehow, though, you do learn to speak and enunciate French well.

Still, I’m a visual learner and need to see the words. This helps me achieve better recall and also know the difference when two different words sound alike but are used in different situations.  Or, I might want to use the past tense of a new verb and can easily figure it out by doing a search. Voila! More vocabulary.

This all gets to the point that when you’re creating a course, it’s great to “bake” the self-discovery into the learning.  1. It makes it customized to the user. 2. It makes it fun to learn.

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