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.

Communication training helps managers – and their teams – be more effective

Communication training helps managers – and their teams – be more effective

May 19, 2015 by

It’s no secret that communicating effectively is essential for any manager. But author Craig Weber argues that it’s not enough for a manager or supervisor to possess solid communication skills. They also need to coach members of their team on how to improve their communication. If they don’t, dysfunction can set in, which means work will suffer and the team itself could split apart.

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Do learners prefer e-learning that doesn’t work?

Do learners prefer e-learning that doesn’t work?

May 12, 2015 by

As learners, we often mistakenly think we’re learning the right way when we’re actually doing it wrong. And when it comes to e-learning, the trend continues. Researchers showed learners two different e-learning modules. One module featured narration paired with verbatim on-screen text. A second module had narration paired with minimal text – only a few […]

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Study: ‘Flipped’ instruction boosts engagement and performance

Study: ‘Flipped’ instruction boosts engagement and performance

April 29, 2015 by

We’ve been hearing a lot about the “flipped classroom.” So is it working? A recent study suggests it is. Researchers found significant learning benefits from the approach when compared to traditional classroom-based instruction. The theory behind the flipped classroom is that traditional classroom time is wasted by lectures that impart information. Learners can get the […]

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Six ways to make examples more effective

Six ways to make examples more effective

April 15, 2015 by

Examples. Every trainer uses them. Whether they take the form of stories, demonstrations or role plays, people benefit from seeing a new skill used in a real-world context. A recent study by leading training and development researchers has revealed how to make examples even more effective. The researchers analyzed current research and best practices to […]

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Green tea boosts memory

Green tea boosts memory

April 1, 2015 by

If you don’t have green tea in your break room, you might want to consider stocking up. A recent study shows that it increases the performance of working memory – which, of course, is critical to all sorts of mental tasks, including learning. Researchers divided study participants into two groups. One group was given a […]

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Can distractions be a good thing?

Can distractions be a good thing?

March 18, 2015 by

When you’re training people, you want to keep the learning environment free of distractions: no cell phones, no interruptions, no veering off topic. Right? Well maybe not. A recent study suggests that distractions might actually be a good thing. In the study, participants were asked to memorize a series of pictures. When they returned a […]

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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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