The Forgetting Curve

A handy infographic summarizing Ebbinghaus's 1885 theory on memory retention and the forgetting curve. 

Elon Musk, first principle thinking, and how we can design better training

By distilling a topic down into its fundamental definitions, characteristics, and concepts, you can manage the essential processing of a learner by covering these up front. That way, learners can instead focus on the causal connections between concepts in the rest of the lesson or course. This is a principle known as Pretraining.

What the 1994 FIFA World Cup taught us about learning design

Can you imagine watching sports without the constant on-screen graphic giving you the score? Would you believe this wasn't the norm until 1994? This is what signaling in learning design is all about. Numerous studies have shown that humans learn more deeply when visual and/or verbal cues are added to highlight the organization of the essential information. 

Internet memes point to a feature of great learning design

Captions are great. They have played a huge part in the worldwide phenomenon known as memes. This is the principle of contiguity at work, where corresponding printed words and graphics are placed near rather than far from each other. 

What classical antiquity can teach us about bite-size learning

Chapters originated in the era of classical antiquity and their benefits have persisted ever since. Breaking content into bite-size chunks helps people by (1) organizing information, and (2) allowing them time to reflect on what they have just consumed. 

How dealing with Redundancy helps the brain process information

When we see on-screen text, we read it, taking in the information through our visual channel. But if someone is also reading it to us, it is like an assault on our verbal channel - we cannot easily block it out, and suddenly the processing demands have exceeded our capacity to process.This is where the principle of Redundancy can help. 

How the Japanese KonMari method can improve your learning design

The result of implementing Marie Kondo's incredibly simple, but powerful, KonMari method is a decluttering of your home, and by extension your life. This is at the heart of the learning design principle of Coherence,  which can help us reduce extraneous processing. A learning designer applying this principle is focused on weeding out words, graphics, animations, and sounds that are not central to the learning outcomes.

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The future is video, just ask Facebook

The trend Facebook is seeing is people are posting less text, and more and more video every day. This means that people are going to get used to, and want, to consume information through video - including training. 

How Training Can Make Company Values a Daily Habit

Company values should be used as the basis for a decision framework that all employees use to respond to ethics and compliance risks they may face on a daily basis. Corporate training on ethics and compliance is the best medium to embed these values, engage with employees, and measure how effectively values are becoming behaviors. 

Three BIG eLearning Trends for 2017

We explore three trends for the eLearning industry, namely: Real Mobile Learning, Interactive Videos, and Games & Gamification.