Tip #726:  The Science of Training: Part Three

On June 18, 2018, Posted by , In learning, By ,, , With Comments Off on Tip #726:  The Science of Training: Part Three

“Learning experiences are like journeys. The journey starts where the learning is now, and ends when the learner is successful. The end of the journey isn’t knowing more, it’s doing more.”  Julie Dirksen

Mary Hoddy,  UW Academic Staff Emerita, Facilitator and Consultant, offered this information during a train the trainer program and I thought it was so perfect I should share it with you.

It is a table titled The Science of Training: A Summary. It shows what needs to happen before the training, during the training and after the training. It was published by Global Learning Partners and is a summary of research published by Eduardo Salas, Scott Tennenbaum, Kurt Kraiger and Kimberly Smith-Jentsch: The Science of Training Read the rest

Tip #590: Why Multiple Quizzes Help Learning Retention

On October 12, 2015, Posted by , In brain research, By ,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #590: Why Multiple Quizzes Help Learning Retention

“Who questions much, shall learn much, and retain much.” Francis Bacon

“Retrieval practice” or the “testing effect” involves testing yourself on an idea or concept to help you remember it. According to Roddy Roediger, a psychology professor at Washington University in St. Louis who runs the university’s Memory Lab: “The actual act of retrieving the information over and over, that’s what makes it retrievable when you need it.”

As early as 350 B.C., Aristotle wrote that ‘exercise in repeatedly recalling a thing strengthens the memory.” So this is hardly a new concept. However, according to Roediger, the focus of recent learning and memory studies has been how to acquire knowledge rather than how to retrieve it.

Mark McDaniel, Roediger’s colleague, … Read the rest

Tip #557: An Ode to Pipe Cleaners

On February 23, 2015, Posted by , In training resources, By ,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #557: An Ode to Pipe Cleaners

“It is always the simple that produces the marvelous.” Amelia Barr

I was recently looking through a magazine that offers various tactile objects for trainers to buy for their participants. There were objects of many different of shapes and colors that I’m sure would be appealing and engaging. I even have some of them: glitter wands, Koosh balls, star-shaped squeezable balls and large dice.

But, by far, the very best tactile object that trainers can provide on their participants’ tables is the simple pipe cleaner.

Pipe cleaners are colorful. They come in all of the colors of the rainbow.

They are pliable. They can be twisted into an infinite number of shapes, limited only by the participants’ imagination and creativity.… Read the rest

Tip #536: The Power of Song in Learning Retention

On September 22, 2014, Posted by , In learning, By ,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #536: The Power of Song in Learning Retention

“It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing.” Duke Ellington

I was washing my hands this morning and started to sing “row, row, row your boat gently down the stream, merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream” in my head. Over twenty years ago, during my train the trainer program in St. Louis for SSM Health Care System, a nurse used this song in her facilitated practice session. She taught us that the best way to make sure we had thoroughly washed our hands was to sing this verse twice to ourselves.

Now, twenty years later, I still do that. Isn’t that amazing?

So why have I retained that? I think it is because she … Read the rest