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.
This emphasis on long-term memory and knowledge retention is something we highly value at Blackboard. Our solutions such as Blackboard Learn provide the tools your organization needs to minimize forgetting and improve remembering of critical knowledge. Blackboard provides a continuous learning environment that can empower your employees to engage in social learning, reach back to re-familiarize with course material, and even create custom learning plans to ensure that learning is relevant and effective.
What ways do you think you can minimize forgetting and improve retention within your organization?