Practical Dale's Cone of Learning

Edgar Dale came up with the concept of the Cone of Experience, or the Cone of Learning. The idea is that you can use the cone of experience to figure out what are the best ways for your learners to learn. Here is what it essentially says:

As adults, we generally learn…

  • 10% of what we read,
  • 20% of what we hear,
  • 30% of what we see,
  • 50% of what we see and hear,
  • 70% of what they say and write, and
  • 90% of what we do.

Now it kind of goes without saying that we want to try and get our learners to do something in our eLearning courses. If we simply had them read page after page of content, they are only going to remember a very small percentage of that material.

What this video to see how we can get learners doing something related to a policy document. I could have simply showed them how to get the document from the website, but instead, I have them do it themselves.