When you teach your learners an important new procedure, you might as well hope they remember that new bit of information. But nothing is less certain in traditional training workshops or courses.
What is the forgetting curve?
German psychologist Hermann Ebbinghaus published a well-established and since then repeatedly proven theory called “The Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve”.
His experiments demonstrate that when we learn something new, we gradually forget about it as time passes -in a matter of days or weeks. In order to overcome that forgetting curve, the newly learned information has to be refreshed at regular intervals.
In the following graph, it can be observed that a steep drop in memory happens soon after learning. After that, periodic refresh sessions strengthen memory retention. Even though forgetting starts again after each review session, it’s slower than before.
How can you implement refresh sessions?
In order to overcome the challenge of organising your training courses with refresh sessions at regular intervals, tools such as TrainLab can help you. With its intuitive editor, learning content can be constructed into spaced and chewable chunks of information, tailor-made to suit your learners’ training needs.
Moreover, this application allows instructors to follow their trainees’ progress and ensure knowledge and skills are understood and assimilated correctly.
Make it accessible
To ensure training modules are learned and practiced as often as needed, it goes without saying that they should be accessible anytime, anywhere, whether at the office, on a train, or at home. And that’s when TrainLab comes into play!
Give every chance to your learners
Ebbinghaus’s theory also encompasses the importance of content presentation. The way in which the learning material is presented can undoubtedly make the learning process easier.
A training module containing an interactive 3D image or simple annotated pictures on a 3-page word document does naturally not provide learners with the same chances of remembering its content in the long term. And that’s precisely what Transurb is specialised in: immersing learners in interactive tailor-made virtual environments.
As a learner actively engages with a 3D representation of a machine and learns the associated protocol in memorable, interactive, and meaningful steps, they are provided with the best chances to strengthen their memories associated with this topic.