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?

Study: ‘Mental practice’ helps with teamwork too

Stephen J. Meyer

Numerous studies have shown the power of mental practice. But nearly every one has focused on individual skills. What about collaborative tasks? Can mental practice – which can only be performed alone – help teams work better?

A simple exercise that boosts presentation performance

Stephen J. Meyer

There’s a good chance that public speaking can be a valuable competency for just about everyone in your organization to have. The bad news: Most people dread it. The good news: Researchers have found a simple technique that can help.

E-learning design: Basic or blockbuster?

Stephen J. Meyer

Imagine you could give your learners slick, fast-paced e-learning modules that look like they came straight out of a Hollywood studio. Wouldn’t it be great? According to recent research, maybe not.