Minimize Forgetting, Improve Retention |

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I recently came across a thought-provoking article from Will Thalheimer’s Will at Work Learning blog.  The post, entitled The Five Failures of Workplace Learning Professionals, offers insights on how to improve some of the most significant weaknesses of on-the-job training.

One of the most interesting points Thalheimer makes in this post is that “we forget to minimize forgetting and improve remembering.”  In short, his point is that professional educators need to provide tools for memory retention so that knowledge gained during training can be used in the long term.  The article lists these three mechanisms that can help support remembering:

·         Aligning the learning and performance contexts

·         Providing retrieval practice

·         Utilizing spaced repetitions

According to Thalheimer, practicing these three strategies provides learners with chances to utilize their new knowledge in realistic scenarios, further improving their ability to retain what they have learned.

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A new view for the teacher dashboard? | Moodle News

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This is another great example of UX changes to Moodle that could have a lasting impact on usability and aesthetics.  Stuart Lamour of the University of Sussex (and of the Page format fame: has posted and shared a new Dashboard that they created for their teachers; their inspiration comes from the many content management site dashboards and the handy metrics and data that are easily captured and displayed therein.

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Interesting that a teacher “dashboard” has little or no analytics.  This is strictly about creating content.

Online and Mobile Video Presentations | eLearning | Business Communications | Brainshark

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With Brainshark’s cloud-based software, you can easily transform static content such as PowerPoint® documents into voice-enriched video presentations that can be accessed anytime, on-demand…and tracked so you can measure the effectiveness of your communications.

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