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.

Better outcomes with less studying

Better outcomes with less studying

August 13, 2014 by

Here’s more evidence for the power of the testing effect: that is, the idea that tests can help lock in learning. Researchers divided subjects into a “study” group and a “test” group and exposed both groups to eight learning experiences. The “study” group studied a list of words for all eight experiences. The “test” group [...]

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Pausing a moment can boost accuracy

Pausing a moment can boost accuracy

August 6, 2014 by

Quick, what’s the capital of Iowa? Dubuque! No, wait…. In a training session, learners are often expected to come up with answers to questions immediately. Research suggests that pausing before answering, even for just a brief moment, can significantly increase accuracy. In an experiment, subjects were divided into two groups and asked to take a [...]

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We remember what we see (and touch)

We remember what we see (and touch)

July 31, 2014 by

We’ve discussed the power of visuals before and how they are more persuasive than words. A new study further demonstrates how using spoken words alone could be problematic for learning. In the study, researchers tested subjects’ visual, auditory and tactile memories three times after an initial learning event. These assessments occurred later the same day, [...]

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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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