Spaced Learning as the Key to Retention


    Spaced Learning is a method used by educational trainers in which highly condensed learning content is being repeated and with intervals in between to ensure higher retention and recall rates by the learner.

    This method assumes that our brains are like a filing storage, every time we learn and absorb new information, it becomes stored in the temporary files, if we revisit this information then truly understand it and retain it, it then gets moved to the long-term memory storage. If we do not revisit this temporary information, then in a short period of time, this storage gets erased to make room for new information and new knowledge. Thus, this method is extremely important for learners to be able to absorb the knowledge and store it long-term.

    The Learning & Forgetting Curve

    The learning curve is a familiar concept in which instructional designers must be careful and precise in how the courses are designed so the learning curve is short and smooth, but many experts fail to acknowledge and realize the inevitability of the forgetting curve as it refers to the decline of memory retention over time, and if information is not being retained, it becomes lost over time, hence spaced learning is important when referring to the forgetting curve as it eases and mitigates it.



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    When designing a learning program with spaced repetition in mind, it is important to present learners concepts and objectives but with spaced intervals in between the next revisit time, to ensure higher retention. This might involve a few repetitions, and intervals in between can be adjusted, depending on the audience or the complexity of the learning content.

    Sometimes a spaced approach will be appropriate as a follow-up to a one-off event as to minimize the chances of forgetting after the event. At other times, perhaps in conjunction with performance support, it may be possible to design an entire solution using this approach. Designing learning so that activities can be tackled in short bursts, spaced over time, may not only help learners remember over time but also reduce the need of large blocks of time away from the workplace to learn in the first place. It is likely to be particularly helpful for busy learners on the go, who can use a mobile device to access spaced learning in short bursts of ‘found time’.


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    The progress of e-learning revolutionizes not only schools and course providers but the corporate world. One-time training does not guarantee learning or knowledge retention, and trainers must travel to distributed retail outlets – so difficult and expensive for the corporate. Meanwhile, short product lifecycle requires quick updates, and employees are not always motivated to learn. Micro-learning provides the answer to these issues and engages the millennials in the workplace. RAPL is a mobile app for continuous bite-sized learning. The library with job aids feature acts as a ready reckoner on the job, and the gamification design encourages and motivates the learners. There ofare plenty ready-to-use scenarios; ranging from product knowledge and sales techniques to SOPs and safety & compliance, assisting rapid custom content development for scenarios unique to each organization.

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