What’s the relationship between measurement and learning effectiveness? When most L&D practitioners think about measurement and learning effectiveness, they think about outcomes measures. Examples include: Course enrollment and completion -- although, as we all recognize, this metric does not say anything about learning effectiveness, just that the training was completed (or not). Level I (smile … Continue reading Using Measurement to Promote Learning Effectiveness
How to Determine What Microlearning is Effective and What’s Not There is abundant evidence that breaking up longer learning modules and delivering them as smaller units over time is an effective learning strategy. But there is more to effective microlearning than creating and distributing small learning nuggets. When we designed Intela as a second-generation microlearning … Continue reading Delivering Microlearning for Sustained Learning Effectiveness
Measuring learning immediately following a learning experience (workshops, eLearning, etc.) is standard practice -- but it’s not sufficient. Too often, we perform this immediate measurement, assume that we have achieved our learning goals, and move on. But, for learning to be meaningful it must be persistent over time – it must be sustained. To check … Continue reading Using Confidence-based Knowledge Checks to Sustain Learning
Neural Alignment and Learning Usually in this blog, we write about ideas and research applicable to our roles as practitioners of corporate learning. But every so often we come across a research study with results so fascinating, we are compelled to share it, even though it is unlikely to impact how you do your day-to-day … Continue reading Neural Alignment and Learning
As readers of this column, and anyone who has ever attended my one of my workshops knows, I am a limited fan of learning objectives (LOs). I do think they are useful, and even essential, for two purposes: Structuring content and ensuring all important content is covered when creating learning materials.Creating fair, valid, and reliable … Continue reading Which Works Better: Learning Objectives or Pre-Quizzes?
It is conventional wisdom in the learning community that storytelling is an effective form of training. I think we all have an intuitive sense that storytelling engages the emotions of our learners and helps them understand concepts in context. But what does the research show? If you google “storytelling and learning” you will find the … Continue reading Storytelling Works. Doesn’t It?
Here at Intela, we are big fans of microlearning. There is a huge amount of research demonstrating that presenting small nuggets of information spaced over time improves learning retention. Much of this is due to limitations on our working memory: Working memory is short-term (no more than a few minutes) and limited – capable of … Continue reading Just Because It’s Short Doesn’t Mean You Will Remember It
When I teach my workshop on Modern Learning, I always ask my students the following question: You are creating an eLearning course using text, graphics, animation and narration. You are showing an animation. What is best for learning: Animation plus text Animation plus narration Animation plus text and narration Usually 50% or more of the … Continue reading Text. Pictures. Narration. Animation. What’s Best for Instruction?
I think we all have an intuitive sense that learning should be difficult, but not too difficult. If, for example, you enrolled in a third grade math class you would likely do very well but wouldn’t learn anything you didn’t already know. On the other hand, if you enrolled in a graduate course in theoretical … Continue reading Is There a Failure Rate That Leads to Optimal Learning?
Earlier this year I wrote a blog post (here) questioning the value proposition of using VR for training. I DID NOT argue that VR was not effective; what I did argue was that I have yet to find a study that shows that VR is MORE effective than traditional, less expensive, forms of training -- … Continue reading A Study That (Maybe) Justifies Using VR for Training