Smaller chunks are easier to digest
We’ve all gone to a website or opened a document and been in utter shock at how much text and information suddenly appeared. Our minds suddenly turn off and we close the documents or quickly navigate to another page. The truth is that learners usually don’t thoroughly read online content. They scan! So, the challenge becomes, how do we make them scan the information that we want them to learn?
Well, the answer is chunking. Just feed the learners a little bit at a time. Start with the basic concepts and build upon them. If a page seems to have a lot of text and information, find a good place to cut it into 2 pages. As a learner clicks through pages it also gives the feeling of accomplishment and progression.
A few tips:
- Use bullet points. Everyone will scan bullets.
- Break things into steps. If the information happens in a sequence then number it.
- Always think about the information from the perspective of the new learner (your audience). What should they know 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.?
- Find ways to rewrite sentences to be more concise.