How to boost learner motivation and improve results

How to boost learner motivation and improve results

Stephen J. Meyer

It’s clear that motivated learners benefit more from training. But not every learner will enter a training experience with the same level of motivation. So, is there a way for learning professionals to increase motivation across the board? Recent research suggests there is. And it’s surprisingly simple.

Can training make your organization recession-proof?

Stephen J. Meyer

The benefits of training your employees are well chronicled. But these benefits typically assume that conditions are normal. What about when the situation is abnormal? Can training help your organization survive, or even thrive, when the economic outlook is grim?

Gamification: What does the research say?

Stephen J. Meyer

The appeal of gamification is clear, but does it actually work? That’s what Penn’s Wharton School recently investigated during a gamification conference with some of the field’s top researchers.

Newly discovered brain network sheds light on learning process

Stephen J. Meyer

We’re written before about the importance of activating prior knowledge in training. To briefly sum up: If you can connect new information to what learners already know, they’ll be much more likely to understand it, see it as important and remember it. For years, researchers knew how important prior knowledge was to learning. But they…

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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…

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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.