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.

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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Need a boost of creativity? Take a walk

Need a boost of creativity? Take a walk

October 22, 2014 by

What do you do when you’re trying to get creative juices flowing? Pace back and forth? Step outside to get some air? Walk around the block to clear your head? If you do any of these, keep it up. Researchers found that walking can significantly boost creativity. In a series of experiments, subjects were asked […]

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Learners who teach learn more

Learners who teach learn more

October 15, 2014 by

Consider asking learners to fill in as trainers from time to time. Not only will you get a break, but the experience will help lock in what they’ve learned. In a recent study, researchers divided subjects into three groups and asked them to study for a complex text. The first group simply studied. In the […]

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