What is Learnability?

Learnability is an adjective describing the capacity of a learning experience to facilitate internalization of targeted knowledge, cognitive skills, concepts, or cognitive constructs. Highly learnable learning experiences are rich, robust, meaningful, and memorable (R2M2) and they lead to internalized learning.

Learnability is based on two founding principles:

  1. Learning and motivation are two deeply entwined, virtually inseparable processes. In order to learn, students must be motivated.
  2. Learning is a creative process that is influenced by the environment, behaviors, and internal processes (cognitive and emotional). Seven features of highly learnable experiences are listed below. These features as based on well-established theories of learning and motivation.


A blog by Mary C. English