Psychology for Enhanced Retention in eLearning

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DevLearn 2015 Conference & Expo - October 1, 2015

Ty Marbut

Executive Producer
Ty Marbut Instructional Video

Have you ever wondered whether there are special tactics for enhancing memory recall that psychologists are keeping locked away in their ivory towers? Well, such tactics exist! Not only do they exist, but many best practices and techniques can be extrapolated from research, and are entirely accessible to eLearning developers to generate high levels of memory retention.

In this session, we will take a tour through several key concepts in empirically based cognitive and social psychology that relate directly to eLearning on a nuts-and-bolts level. We’ll discuss the role of recall opportunities, knowledge organization, and deep thinking in memory retention, as well as the roles of social motivation and immersive experiential learning in behavior change. You will learn about a few techniques and tools available today that are being designed around enhanced retention and behavior change messaging.

In this session, you will learn:

  • Factors in memory retention, including depth of processing, recall frequency, organization, and social motivation
  • New strategies for richer presentation and interaction as informed by unifying cognitive theories
  • How to focus on a behavior change end goal in all training
  • How to set up a social environment within eLearning that encourages emotional engagement and retention

Audience:
Novice to advanced designers, developers, project managers, and managers.

Technology discussed in this session:
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