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.

The ‘testing effect’ in the real world

The ‘testing effect’ in the real world

February 4, 2015 by

We’ve reported on the learning power of tests and quizzes in previous issues. But the majority of that evidence was based on lab experiments, where conditions are tightly controlled. So what about learning in the real world, where things are messier? Researchers conducted an experiment in several eighth-grade science classrooms in Illinois. They divided students […]

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Learning as a journey: The power of metaphor

Learning as a journey: The power of metaphor

January 7, 2015 by

Do your trainees follow a “learning path”? Do you help keep them “on track” and make sure they head in “the right direction”? If so, you could be helping them succeed. A recent study found that people who think of learning as a journey perform better. Researchers divided college students into groups and asked each […]

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Challenging topic? Start with an analogy

Challenging topic? Start with an analogy

December 3, 2014 by

When you’re introducing a complex topic, where’s the best place to start? With an overview? An example? A historical review? Research suggests: an analogy. Multiple studies have shown that analogies are a powerful way to connect new, complex concepts to familiar ideas that learners already understand. They also inspire innovative thinking by forging connections that […]

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Four reflection techniques that can help lock in learning

Four reflection techniques that can help lock in learning

November 19, 2014 by

Recent research suggests that you can significantly improve learners’ performance and enhance their self-confidence by giving them more opportunities to reflect on what they’ve learned. The research In a new study, researchers at the Harvard Business School looked at the effect of reflection on learning. Subjects were broken into groups and given complex brain teasers […]

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