Helping your learners reach those precious “Aha!” moments

Stephen J. Meyer

Imagine you’ve been given a challenging responsibility. It could be crafting the perfect sales pitch for a potential client. Or creating the workflow for the next big project. Or finding just the right angle for your next press release. Whatever it is, you start out a little uncertain. You begin sketching things out in your…

Research: Learning together can increase teamwork

Stephen J. Meyer

When people think about learning, they tend to picture a classic academic setting – a classroom filled with students. And in academia, every student is a solo act. Sure, there are occasional group projects, but for the most part, every one is focused on their learning, not the person’s next to them. But in the modern…

Video game research reveals successful practice techniques

Stephen J. Meyer

Playing video games isn’t typically thought of as “practice,” but that’s essentially what it is. As someone plays a game over and over, he or she learns what is successful and improves his or her performance. And because many popular video games are now played over the internet, researchers have access to oceans of data…

Peer learning: It’s not just about sharing knowledge

Stephen J. Meyer

The importance of peer learning has been touted here at Insights before. It should come as no surprise that the more knowledge sharing that occurs between learners, the more powerful your workplace learning program becomes. But a recent study shows that knowledge sharing isn’t the only reason peer learning is successful. The social dynamics between…

What does training cost? Benchmarks for setting your budget

Stephen J. Meyer

Before using any training materials, make sure they’re legal and appropriate. Of course you want people to be engaged and committed to it, but be careful that it doesn’t cross the line. Read on to learn what happened when some employees went a little overboard with their scenario-based training.

Study: How Millennials Learn Best

Stephen J. Meyer

In recent years, a lot of hand-wringing has been devoted to accommodating the millennial workforce. While it’s dangerous to paint any large group of individuals with the same brush, but one thing appears certain: Millennials learn differently.

A simple strategy to keep struggling learners motivated

Stephen J. Meyer

The road to mastery is never a straight line. It’s natural when learners struggle. Fortunately, researchers have recently discovered an incredibly simple technique that will increase struggling learners’ motivation and improve performance.

A fun place to work – and learn

Stephen J. Meyer

When employees informally share knowledge, work performance and engagement increase. And recent research has uncovered a surprisingly powerful way to encourage informal learning: fun.

How clickbait can help you build better learning

Stephen J. Meyer

Recent research has explored how activating curiosity can promote positive behaviors. And the findings suggest that curiosity can also successfully boost learners’ motivation and engagement in workplace learning.

Study: How to give learners effective feedback

Study: How to give learners effective feedback

Stephen J. Meyer

Effective feedback is crucial to the learning process. But how do you make sure your feedback is heard? And more importantly, how do you ensure that it motivates learners to change their behavior?

The neuroscience behind long-term learning

The neuroscience behind long-term learning

Stephen J. Meyer

Neuroscientists from the University of Texas recently identified exactly what happens in the brain when we have a memorable experience — and how it relates to learning and long-term memory.