Posted May 22, 2018 by Monica Savage
As we discussed in the previous blog article in this series, there are three main steps in the memory process: encoding, storing and retrieving. Here, we will take a closer look at the first step – encoding – and its role in learning.
Posted Apr 24, 2018 by Monica Savage
In 1896, in his first paper, the economist Vilfredo Pareto demonstrated that approximately 80% of the land in Italy was owned by about 20% of the population. Thought many of us might have suspected that life is not “fair”, this idea quantified that principle. Things are not distributed evenly, every employee does not contribute the same amount, and every feature is not equally loved by users. These observations were generalized by Joseph Juran into what we call today the Pareto Principle or the 80:20 rule: “80% of the results originate from 20% of the effort.”
Posted Mar 26, 2018 by Monica Savage
The human brain has fascinated me since I was a child. Understanding how one thinks, remembers, and acts is extremely complex. As a learning professional, I rely on brain science to ensure the efficiency of the programs I design. This blog series addresses some of the more basic concepts of memory and learning, and their application in real life learning design.
Posted Mar 15, 2016 by Christopher Pappas
They say that knowledge is power, but it’s only powerful if your learners are able to effectively retain and recall the information when the need arises. In this article, I’ll share 7 techniques to enhance knowledge retention techniques you can take into account in your next eLearning course design.
Posted Mar 1, 2016 by Christopher Pappas
Are you concerned about cognitive overload undermining the effectiveness of your online training program? In this article, I'll highlight the best practices for applying Spaced Learning in your online training strategy, so that you can improve knowledge retention and recall among your staff members.
Posted Jun 6, 2015 by Monica Savage
The first session I attended at ATD ICE after the Opening Session was a panel on the Science of Learning. The panel was facilitated by Justin Brusino (@atdSciLearn, @atdLearnTech) and included Sebastian Bailey (@DrSebBailey), Julie Dirksen (@usablelearning), Karl Kapp (@kkapp), Alice Kim (@AliceSNKim), and Art Kohn.
Posted Mar 11, 2015 by Stephen Victor
As instructional designers, we're aware of various theories about how and why people learn. And, of course, we've heard about social learning. As mobile technology advances, learning has moved from the classroom and the desktop computer, to the world. And just as technology has advanced, learning theory has advanced. So, where are we going with learning theory in the 21st century? Here are some possibilities.
Posted Mar 5, 2015 by Stephen Victor
Why do we still speak of people (or ourselves) as having a "visual" or "auditory" (or "tactile" and so on) learning style? Let's take a look at what the research literature has to say on "learning styles" and how they apply to instruction.
Posted Feb 13, 2015 by Stephen Victor
We all know that online learning is on the rise. But what are we doing to support learners in the online environment?