In 2010, two researchers set up an experiment. They asked two groups of famers to set up a bank account and amass a certain amount of money by a specific deadline, presenting extra money as an incentive. Group one was given the challenge in June with a December deadline. Group two was given the challenge in July with a January deadline. Even though both groups had a six month deadline, the farmers in group one set up an account immediately. Why? Farmers in the first group felt a sense of urgency because the deadline was in the same year they were presented the challenge. Time-related cues, according to the two researchers, can give people that in-the-present feeling that prompts action. Many of you ask for help setting timelines for your exercises on ApprenNet. Next time you build an exercise experiment with using cues that manipulate your learners perception of time. Let us know how it goes and we'll share best practices with our community.
Mar 27, 2015