The importance of laughter in learning

Jan 31, 2022 | Blog

I have a confession to make.  (Whispers) I am addicted to learning.  The number of courses I have undertaken is probably in their hundreds.  From this, I have seen the good, the bad, and the mediocre when it comes to teaching.  I remember my A-level Sociology teacher so clearly, he made what was occasionally dull material so much more interesting with his wit and sense of humour.  I scored an A on his topic, and I always put it down to his teaching.

Now the science is backing me up.  Numerous research studies have found that laughter does help increase learning.  One study identified that online classes are more rated by students more highly if they contain jokes and other humour, while a study claims that funny lectures are more effective lectures. Another study suggested that laughter can aid memory in adults.

This is why we subscribe to edutainment.  When I was studying my CIPS I had only one tutor I rated, the rest either read the book to us (not in order which stressed my OCD brain out) or used examples of widgets.  There was nothing new, exciting, or anything that made me laugh.  I used to pull my hair out in boredom.  When I became a CIPS tutor I vowed this was not going to be me. 

I understand that your attention span is much less than you think, so I try to tell you stories and bring in humour where I can to hold your interest.  Learning does not need to be boring and the professional manufacturing widget examples will not be seen.

Remember when deciding on your CIPS study centre whether you are doing in-person training or virtual distance learning, it is essential to find out who is your tutor and how they teach.  A lack of humour could mean the difference between a pass or a fail.