Narrative techniques are at the forefront of today's innovation in adult learning — case studies, interactive scenarios, games, graphic nonfiction stories, and simulation. The narrative structure appeals to learners who, for example, can compare the arc of a brief business mini-case with what they have experienced in the workplace.
One guiding principle in developing narrative learning is that any scenarios or situations presented should be accurate and realistic. We monitor this through feedback to ensure that learners find the narrative believable. To insure realism, we rely on subject matter experts and/or practitioners during the instructional design process to validate the instructional content.
Narrative learning can help improve comprehension and mastery of concepts; it can also challenge learners to analyze, synthesize, and make decisions — the sorts of more complex cognition that tests the ability of learners to apply what they have learned.
Technology can spark the imagination of learners and make education and training more effective. Our guiding principle in using technology in learning is that it represents a means to an end, not an end in itself. We are selective, therefore, in our use of frontier technology, but are always seeking ways to enhance student achievement.
MindEdge's team makes use of a variety of software tools in developing and supporting our courses and simulations. Whether it is enabling collaborative learning through Web 2.0 social media, making the mobile-learning connection, or developing sophisticated tracking programs for continuous improvement monitoring, we look to leverage best-in-class technology to support learning objectives.
Learning Edge is a comprehensive course management system (CMS) that provides students an accessible, adaptive environment for taking online courses and simulations, 24/7. The system's software engine is based on the University of Toronto's aTutor system, which is the gold standard for accessible learning. Learners enjoy a seamless experience in a Web-enabled environment that can be accessed anytime, anywhere with a computer and Internet connection.
Learning Edge supports online live chat, asynchronous discussion, webcam video, and group forums for delivering instructor-facilitated or blended learning. Our dashboard tracks learner performance by discrete levels (individual, group, or organization) and by course. An "Ask the Expert" function lets learners submit questions and receive feedback.