Rapid Learning Insights offers tools and best practices to help learning professionals, HR executives, managers and supervisors train and develop people. Our editorial team seeks out the latest research on workplace learning and reveals what top learning organizations are doing to conduct effective training and make it stick. Key topics covered include assessment, goal-setting, coaching, motivation, adult learning, training technique and follow-up.

Allow learners to ‘sleep on it’

Allow learners to ‘sleep on it’

July 9, 2014 by

If you want learners to remember more, you might want to give them a chance to sleep on what you’ve told them. According to a recent study, post-learning sleep has a powerful effect on retention. Researchers conducted an early-morning study during which subjects memorized a series of word pairs. One group reported back later that [...]

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Before training begins, lighten the mood

Before training begins, lighten the mood

July 2, 2014 by

Training is serious business. So open with a joke. Or a song. Research shows that putting learners in a positive mood may improve the success of your training session. Researchers found that subjects in a positive mood performed better and were more creative on a computer-based test than those in a neutral or negative mood. [...]

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How does doodling relate to learning retention?

How does doodling relate to learning retention?

June 25, 2014 by

You see someone doodling during a training session and think, “He hasn’t heard a word I’ve said.” In reality, he might be one of your best learners. Researchers in the UK have revealed an unlikely link between doodling and memory. In the study, subjects listened to an intentionally long and boring voicemail recording. Half were [...]

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A nature walk can boost recall

A nature walk can boost recall

May 28, 2014 by

A walk in nature can boost memory by up to 20%. A walk through the city? No such luck. In a study, subjects were asked to memorize several strings of numbers and were tested on their recall. Then half of the participants were told to go for a brief walk through a nearby park; the [...]

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Memory: Get a grip

Memory: Get a grip

May 21, 2014 by

Make a fist with your right hand before you learn something new. Clench your left hand when you have to recall it later. Sound a little nutty? Not to the Army. In a study funded by the U.S. Army, subjects were presented with a series of words to memorize. Afterwards, participants were given a pencil [...]

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