Wikipedia's definition of the learning curve is "a graphical representation of the changing rate of learning (in the average person) for a given activity or tool. Typically, the increase in retention of information is sharpest after the initial attempts, and then gradually evens out."
Makes sense. As a newcomer to the field of learning and development (and specifically, on-line course design) I feel that I soaked up a lot of information during this class. Some of the teachings that really hit home with me are:
The Addie Model
The difference between Synchronous and Asynchronous training
The Ladder of Inference
Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences
As I prepare for my final presentation, I will be sure to be sensitive to the fact that people learn in many different ways and they learn more effectively if they are actively engaged.
I continued to read Wikipedia's definition . . . "The learning curve can also represent at a glance the initial difficulty of learning something and, to an extent, how much there is to learn after initial familiarity." Uh oh! I suppose I still have a lot to learn! So I look forward to continuing my NYU education in pursuit of my professional certificate in training and to much more learning beyond that.