Using the Zeigarnik effect in learning – how objectives can dramatically increase engagement!


In this post I want to discuss a term called the Zeigarnik effect. By the end of this post my aim is that you will have a new way to think about displaying objectives or goals in your courses and not just considering them standard introductory slide fodder. Objectives can play a large part in motivation and engagement throughout a course, but we have to ensure that they are used, crafted and portrayed effectively.

As a small warning before we begin, this post is a little more academic than my usual posts but there is still a lot of value in its content. I’ve stripped back a lot of the dull academia, so whilst there are still references for the writers, the language should still be in an enjoyable and relatable style.

The Zeigarnik effect is a psychological phenomenon that is used extensively in entertainment games. It states that people…

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About Jack

BRIEF BIO: Jack Gunter is a writer of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and songs. He is the co-owner of Open Door Communications, a copywriter, an inventor, and a former broker and private investigator. He is a naturalist and an amateur scientist and cryptologist. He likes to compose music and to design and play games and puzzles of all types. He homeschooled his children. He lives in the Upstate of South Carolina with his beautiful wife, talented two daughters, his old friend and Great Dane Sam, and his three Viking Cats.

Posted on October 15, 2015, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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