Feedback can boost learning by 500% when compared to non-feedback learning. In Amplifire, learners receive explanations about both correct and incorrect answers. This detailed elaboration strengthens both information storage and retrieval processes in the brain. Second, the review page shows learners precisely how they progressed through a module, from typically high levels of misinformation and doubt, to mastery of the material.
Confidence triggers a massive number of switches that affect learning. Making judgments of learning means storage and retrieval processes are activated. Asking “are you sure” results in metacognition (thinking about thinking) and causes both top-down attention and bottom-up salience. Confidence also spurs attention because it is correlated with social status—one of the most sought after personal qualities in the human experience.
Progress motivates future activity through the buoyant feeling that comes from reaching your goals. Amplifire adapts to each learner’s level of mastery so that the material is appropriately difficult, but not so hard that motivation suffers. This ensures a learning experience in a gratifying emotional state that the learner is likely to want to repeat, and repetition is a key cognitive trigger for durable memory.
Misinformation is a unique feature of Amplifire that makes clear the possibility that confidently held, but wrong information may lead to error, injury, or embarrassment sometime in the future. That emotionally alarming possibility, when revealed in Amplifire, focuses your attention on the learning so you can avoid that outcome.
A Note on Leaderboards: They are motivating in games, but create a dangerous, dispiriting risk in an educational setting because people can feel their core intelligence being judged and ranked. We believe that all people can learn enormous amounts of useful information. For some, it merely takes more time.
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