Feb 072011

Learning Technologies: How you make (Learning) Stick  

By Tom McDonald, McDonald Sales and Marketing, LLC

Learning Technologies: Our Critical Information Challenge; The Forgetting Curve:

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Journal of Psychological Science; Chester H. McCall Ph.D, Pepperdine University, 2006

At the end of two weeks, participants in a critical training event, with no ongoing information reinforcement, with learning technologies, will recall 28% of the information.

Supplement that critical training event with web based software, learning technologies, intelligent systems, that provide individual reinforcement, over time, with sleep in between and the recall jumps to 95%!  The individual retention rate skyrockets, behavior change takes place and individual performance is advanced.

Our First Collective Goal:

To ensure that every person reaches true mastery in the shortest amount of time. Mastery produces people who have the adaptive reasoning skills required to effectively apply knowledge to new situations . This ensures that we remember things and apply them correctly.

Our Second Collective Goal:

(I) Bettered Learning; a. Retention to fluency (95% vs. 28%), b. Behavior change through accountable reinforcement, c. Improved application, d. Advanced individual performance and e. Advanced organization performance

With critical information, where there is a desired/required strategic outcome, there are two necessary steps to achieve information mastery:learning technologies

Step 1:

This is usually accomplished through a lecture, a power point presentation, a word document, an instructional video or an audio presentation. This is the first step to achieve mastery.

Step 2:

This is much more challenging:

We all understand that to reach our second collective goal, above, we need individual reinforcement over time.

This traditionally, is not part of the training, or is shifted to the participant, or the participant’s manager, with mixed success.

Enter Learning Performance Improvement Technologies:

STUDY SESSIONS (Patented Process: Stimulates Memory reactivation & locks information into long term memory)

  • Open ended or fill-in-the-blank questions
    • Each question includes a hint and an explanation
    • Outside Tutor help is available through a simple click
  • Self-Grading
    • No negative reinforcement of wrong answers
  • Rating of learning questions by degree of difficulty
    • Resulting in customized spacing of learners questions, in this and future study sessions (pacing goal is longest distance between questions and study sessions)

(a)           Level 1 Questions: Reinforce the facts

(b)          Level 2 Questions: Simulation, Scenario and Application based, that use the knowledge

By using this unique, proven, individual reinforcement methodology, over time, individual mastery is ensured. This allows individual behavior change, appropriate information application and individual performance improvement, which directly results in organization performance improvement.

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Tom McDonald, tsm@centurytel.net; 608-788-5144; Skype: tsmw5752

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