retrieval-practice

A ‘crucial benefit’ of retrieval practice

Stephen J. Meyer

The primary benefit of retrieval practice is clear: When learners test their knowledge after a learning event, they revisit important information, strengthening it in their memories. But researchers recently highlighted a less-celebrated outcome of retrieval practice – one that can have a significant effect on learners’ performance. Thinking about thinking In a paper sponsored by…

Science of Learning

Report reveals ‘The Science of Learning’

Stephen J. Meyer

A recent report aims to summarize a body of educational research to reveal how we learn. Intended to provide practical advice to both learning professionals and learners, the document, entitled The Science of Learning, collects “the existing scientific consensus around basic cognitive principles.” Five questions The report, commissioned by an organization of university and college…

Study: The power of ‘successive learning’

Stephen J. Meyer

What happens when you combine two of the most powerful research-based learning techniques? Do you get a supercharged training experience? That’s what research into “successive learning” wants to find out.

How to keep learners engaged in e-learning

Stephen J. Meyer

Research shows that trainees report a high incidence of mind wandering and disengagement when watching e-learning modules. So how can e-learning creators and curators address this problem? A recent study suggests an unlikely solution.

Reluctant learners? Here’s how to open their minds

Stephen J. Meyer

Is there a way for you to help learners see the need for change – and increase the odds that they’ll actually take action? A new study suggests a simple intervention can help you convert skeptical learners into believers.

To boost loyalty, unlink learning and performance goals

Stephen J. Meyer

Many organizations combine learning goals with performance goals: Learn x so you can accomplish y. But a recent study suggests that organizations that combine these two types of goals may not be reaping the full benefits of training.

To keep learners focused, mix it up

Stephen J. Meyer

The first challenge for any successful training experience is to grab learners’ attention. The bigger challenge, however, can be keeping it. So what can you do to keep learners focused?