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Article Title: Accomplish Spaced Learning with eLearning

Publication: Integrated Learnings: eLearning

Summary: Most of us know that cramming is not an effective path to long-term learning. Yet, many workplace training initiatives attempt to cram as much content into a single training session as possible, with little reinforcement later. This article proposes spaced learning as more effective training approach. It also describes the theoretical foundations of spaced learning.

It just suggests that we retain newly learned knowledge longer when taught repeatedly over a period of time. But simply repeating the exact same learning activity several times isn’t the way to go. After all, even an attentive learner may accidentally zone out when listening to a lecture or reading a passage for a second (or third, or fourth) time. So the trick is to ensure there are variations.

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Article Title: Rethink Refresher Training

Publication: Integrated Learnings: eLearning

Summary: Refresher training is a very common request for instructional designers. Interestingly, refresher training is rarely the most effective way to meet the client’s goals. This article describes an alternative way to handle requests for refresher training.

When I first started working in training, I’d usually ask the client exactly what skills and knowledge needed to be refreshed. Then I’d dig for existing training materials that could meet the stated need.

I’ve wised up since then.

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