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Cognitive Informatics

Interactive e-Learning Approach

Integrating multimedia content (such as simulations, 3-D and 360-degree rotation objects, virtual reality, etc.) into interactive training applications should be driven by cognitive/learning principles rather than for "audio-visual" enhancement. PNNL's cognitive approach to Instructional System Design is based on fundamental learning concepts and a technical approach that creates multimedia learning objects that have specific learning and performance objectives. These interactive learning objects support the design and implementation of scenario-based instruction.

Interactive Elements

When we define learning objectives for these interaction elements, they become learning objects that:

  • Allow learners to check their understanding
  • Guide student practice with worked examples
  • May be re-used in lesson quizzes and module tests
  • Form building blocks for integrated, practical scenarios.
e-Learning Diagram

Distinctive features of our cognitive approach include:

  • It engages learners to solve real-world problems, progressing from simple to complex.
  • It relates material to previous experiences.
  • It demonstrates (rather than telling the learner) what is to be learned using interactive, problem-centered activities.
  • It requires learners to use their new knowledge to solve problems (guiding the learner with feedback and coaching early and gradually withdrawing this support as learning progresses).
  • It encourages learners to use the new knowledge in relevant applied settings.

Learning and Skill Development


Multimedia Showcase