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Monday, April 22, 2019

Do you have a master strategy to boost the knowledge retention of your learners?
If not, your training may fail to serve the intended purpose. 
Be it a pure eLearning course or an Instructor-Led Training, its success not only depends on transmitting knowledge to its learners but also helping them to retain and recall it. However, devising a plan for knowledge retention is even more challenging for online-based training than face-to-face or Instructor-Led Training. Why? Because it is intractable to engage learners when the training is delivered through electronic means. But fortunately, we have saviors! Some numerous aids and techniques can be wisely used to design and develop your eLearning in such a way that it is not only consumed but also retained as you expect it to be. And, this depends on what goal in mind you begin developing it. Do you take "knowledge retention" into consideration before you choose a design, interface, learning path, course length, audio, and visuals for your course? If not, your training is ignoring one of its most significant factors which may end up forming a forgetting-curve for your learners.
Now, having known the significance of knowledge retention, let's look at some brainy tactics that can be followed to achieve it. 

1. Keep it short

Bigger is not always better. As a vast variety of information is now easily accessible on numerous platforms, it is utterly difficult to have learners' attention for more than 20 minutes—the average attention span. This even reduces when learners seek training online. Then? No worries. In the era, where people prefer pocket-sized gadgets and microchips to store enormous data, microlearning and video-based learning are the perfect training solutions. these enable learners to draw maximum benefit out of the training with utmost attention and engagement. Micro courses are fun to learn from. Also, research says, microlearning helps in retaining information 22% better than the traditional learning. Not only this, if we talk about videos, according to research reported by Forrester, but 1 minute of video content was also found equal to 1.8 million written words for training retention

 2. Utilize interactivity appropriately

Interactivity is not only about clicking a button, but it's also about encouraging communication. Sometimes, when the user interacts with your course, he finds 10-15 lines of content, that he often avoids reading and I guess, that's not what he expects. Sit on your learner's seat and think, is there any influential factor that encourages you to take any action to interact with the course? What do you expect after following an instruction that says, "click to know more."? 

Making a course interactive is not a necessity, the course can be engaging and interesting even if it is not interactive. Therefore, use interactions wisely. If I were a learner and asked to interact with the course, I would expect some engaging activity, that involves me, requires me to collaborate for my learning. Remember, better engagement leads to better retention.  

3. Add a fun element

Adding a fun element to the course is like adding taste to food. Do we add taste as we add other ingredients while cooking any dish? We don't. Taste is the final result, it is an experience that you offer to its consumers. The same goes for training. The learning experience decides, how long your learners will remember the lesson. Whether they are adults or kids, they learn better if they enjoy learning. The question appears, how can an e-learning course be made fun? Gamify it or try the latest and one of the most sought after solutions—create interactive videos

You can make your training fun by introducing some game elements such as scoreboards, badges, levels, cheat sheets, and setting a final goal for learners to accomplish. Always entertain your learners to enlighten them.

View a sample.   

4. Use "Show me/Try me" demonstration

This is the best way to develop tool-training. The long verbiage help document integrated with any tool or application is not always helpful, it's better to give a demonstration through short videos or simulations. This approach is even more effective if you guide learners and ask them to perform the desired actions.
Remember, the saying?
Tell me,  I will forget;
show me, I will learn;
involve me, I will remember.

5. Conduct formative and summative assessments

Assessments are not only conducted to gauge learners' progress but also enable them to recall what they have learned from the training. The assessment process works even more efficiently when they are put into real-life scenarios or cases wherein they are intended to apply their knowledge.

6. Provide diagnostic feedback

Retention is one of the purposes of providing diagnostic feedback. It is immediate feedback given to learners every time they attempt a question. If the learner selects the wrong answer, he should know why his choice is wrong and what is the correct option. Even if, the learner selects the right answer, he should be given diagnostic feedback with a reason why his selection was correct.  Hence, crafting an assessment process is half of the battle, the other half is providing diagnostic feedback.

7. Create mnemonics

Remember school days, our teacher used to share the secret of memorizing useful information such as a periodic table, mathematical formula, and chemical equations. That secret contained our favorite—mnemonics. Mnemonics can do wonders in your eLearning courses also. Yes! creating mnemonics is a tough job, but at the same time, it can make your training a huge success. Even today, you can enable kids to learn and remember the seven colors of the rainbow with the help of "VIBGYOR". They will remember it forever as much as we do.

Click here to learn different mnemonics techniques.

8. Explain through analogies and scenarios

Every time teaching your learners the ground level information is not a workable eLearning strategy. Despite, evaluate the concept that you are going to teach, and try to find something similar that your learners already know or understand. Establish a strong comparison between your concept and their pre-existing knowledge. Now, launch your training. It will help them understand the concept deeply without creating any frustration. This will also set a firm foundation for the concept. Scenarios can also be used similarly to transit the required information to your learners. Adequate usage of visuals and characters enables learners to consume and understand the utility of the gained knowledge smoothly and effortlessly.

In a nutshell, be a storyteller who knows the weak nerve of their learners and strengthens their knowledge and skills.

9. List it down

The numbers are magical. We still remember, there are eight planets in our solar system, seven continents and five oceans in the world, seven colors in the rainbow and many others. Listing down information into pieces is conducive to the memory system.

10.  Make recap worthwhile

Recap, the last but never the least portion of any training. Align your summary with the objectives you set at the beginning of your training. End it with impact. End it in a way to encourage the true journey of your learners. In the end, offer them with the just-in-time aids that they can access in their jobs. For better retention, walk them through the taught knowledge by showing its screenshots. You can also end it with a short video that restates only important points you want them to remember. Think creatively and always end it with an impact. 

Do share your ways to uplift the knowledge retention of your learners in the comment section. 

Let's eLearn together!


  1. Hey Pooja, Good evening, This is truly knowledgeable stuff to adopt and observe too time n again..

  2. Keep it up... Good one and knowledgeable too..


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