The Role of Memory in Learning: Encoding

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.

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Learning with Pareto

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.”

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3 Cognitive Theories for Transforming Learning

Posted Apr 4, 2018 by Stephen Victor

In this article, we will take a look at some cognitive theories for transforming learning experiences.

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The Role of Memory in Learning

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.

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7 Knowledge Retention Techniques For eLearning

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.

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6 Best Practices for Applying Spaced Learning in Online Training

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.

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The Science of Learning: Thoughts From The Experts

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.

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Making Connections: Trends in Social Learning

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.

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That’s Not My Style: Learning Preferences and Instructional Design

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.

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Adult Learning Theory and Training Design

Posted Feb 20, 2015 by Stephen Victor

In this article, we'll take a look at the assumptions of adult learning theory and explore ways in which to apply it to the design of corporate eLearning.

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What Are You Doing to Support Your Online Learners

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?

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