Forgetting Curve by Herman Ebbinghaus

If I were to ask you what you had for breakfast today, your reply would be an instantaneous one. It isn’t quite going to be the case if I ask what you had for dinner a month ago. We’re creatures who keep forgetting things!

As a matter of fact, we forget 80% of what we learned in 30 days as shown in this diagram featuring the “Forgetting Curve” by Herman Ebbinghaus, a German Psychologist.EI Design Forgetting curve

Formal learning, as you may be aware, takes place for a few days in a year. Now view this from the prism of the Forgetting Curve and you’re bound to have second thoughts about your investments on using only formal training to make the kind of impact you’d like on your learner performance.

So What’s The Way Forward?

A great way to address this challenge is to have a blend of both formal and informal training and offer a solution that treats “Learning as a continuum”.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Ascertain the portions from your formal training program that you want your learners to remember, check, refer or apply, and use Performance Support Tools (PSTs) to reinforce those messages.
  • Design your PST nuggets to be stand-alone assets aligned to specific learning outcomes.
  • Weave your training nuggets into a “learning path” and keep the knowledge thread relevant and in appropriate order over the course of your identified training period.
  • Combine the power of reinforcement with new assets for higher recall, retention, and application of the knowledge gained on-the-job.

The result? You’ll be able to see a dip in your formal training costs and an increase in learner productivity and performance.

Geschrieben von Learning Evolution.com

The basis of my professional, polyvalent career is mainly characterized by the following qualifications: - 20 years of experience in Sales & Marketing - 20 years of experience in the field of ICT and in particular, Learning Development, Knowledge Management (KM), Enterprise Content Management (ECM), Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Search Engine Optimization (SEO) - 20 years of experience in the field of human Resources Management (5 - 25 persons - recruitment, leading, training and motivation of employees) - 20 years of experience as a Project Manager in the field of ICT, chemical and industrial plant design and architecture. - 10 years of experience in 2D / 3D CAD planning - 10 years of experience in the field of Biological and Energy-Efficient Construction - 5 years of experience as a Member of the Board of two companies, with whom I've worked

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