Segmenting is a very simple principle ... breaking down the large segments [of a lesson] into smaller segments.
In [Mayer, Dow, & Mayer, 2003], the learners viewed a lesson on electric motor workings in an animation that was continuous. Other learners viewed the same set up but this time in a segmented version. With the material being identical to one another, the only difference being the segmented lesson had a continue button, the students performed better after having learned from the segmented lesson.
Skilling has something that would help. When you're writing a lesson, you can type:
That will make a button for students, like this:
The rest of the lesson is hidden, until students click the button. Then:
A question about that. I can see how segmenting would help, the first time you read a lesson. But if you're skimming a lesson later, looking for something, having a bunch of buttons would be annoying.
Yes, I agree. So, every button has a drop-down on it, like this:
"Show all" removes all the pause buttons from the page, and shows the entire lesson.
The pause tag was added before Nic explained what segmenting is. Now I have a name for what the pause button does. Cool! Thanks, Nic!