Study: The power of ‘successive learning’

Stephen J. Meyer

What happens when you combine two of the most powerful research-based learning techniques? Do you get a supercharged training experience? That’s what research into “successive learning” wants to find out.

Reluctant learners? Here’s how to open their minds

Stephen J. Meyer

Is there a way for you to help learners see the need for change – and increase the odds that they’ll actually take action? A new study suggests a simple intervention can help you convert skeptical learners into believers.

To keep learners focused, mix it up

Stephen J. Meyer

The first challenge for any successful training experience is to grab learners’ attention. The bigger challenge, however, can be keeping it. So what can you do to keep learners focused?

Study: ‘Mental practice’ helps with teamwork too

Stephen J. Meyer

Numerous studies have shown the power of mental practice. But nearly every one has focused on individual skills. What about collaborative tasks? Can mental practice – which can only be performed alone – help teams work better?

A simple exercise that boosts presentation performance

Stephen J. Meyer

There’s a good chance that public speaking can be a valuable competency for just about everyone in your organization to have. The bad news: Most people dread it. The good news: Researchers have found a simple technique that can help.

E-learning design: Basic or blockbuster?

Stephen J. Meyer

Imagine you could give your learners slick, fast-paced e-learning modules that look like they came straight out of a Hollywood studio. Wouldn’t it be great? According to recent research, maybe not.

Pretesting: How wrong answers lead to right ones

Stephen J. Meyer

According to recent research, pretesting is a surprising way to boost knowledge retention. Even though learners guess wrong – which makes perfect sense since they haven’t learned the material yet – pretesting helps learners get it right down the road.

The remarkable power of collaboration

Stephen J. Meyer

Want to boost learners’ motivation for learning a new skill? Stress the importance of working together towards a common goal. A recent study from Stanford shows that social connections and collaboration can yield powerful results.

Right and wrong way to get learners interested in training

Stephen J. Meyer

How can you boost interest and engagement among learners? Conventional wisdom says you should show them how the material is important and relevant to their careers. But research suggests this approach could hurt more than it helps.