Spaced Learning for Corporate Trainings: Increasing Impact and Retention

Learning is continuous in our lives. But how much of what we learn do we actually remember after the learning event? As designers, we want to make sure that the learning content has a strong initial impact on the learners and is successful in retaining their attention throughout the course. But how can we ensure that the learning is embedded in the minds of the learner and they are able to utilize it in their area of work?

It was the leading psychologist Hermann Ebbinghaus who first pointed out that there is a definite ‘learning curve’ as well as a ‘forgetting curve’ in humans. Just as the learning curve is the natural course and time that a new learner takes to learn something the first time, the forgetting curve is the inevitable loss of learning that occurs when the knowledge is not frequently utilized in the course of work. Ebbinghaus also talks about the ‘spacing effect’ where repeating chunks of knowledge spaced over time can help decrease the loss of knowledge and increase knowledge retention.

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