Learning Myths and Facts

  • Steven Just, Intela Learning

Is learning a science? If so, it should be evidence-based. And yet, our field is full of myths, hype, exaggeration and oversimplification. Some of these myths are harmless: e.g. we use only 10% of our brains. Others can harm our learning strategies and waste time and training budgets if we choose to adopt them into practice: e.g. learners have different learning styles.

At the same time, recent advances in cognitive science and neuroscience have helped us understand how people actually learn. These findings have come to play a significant role in new, emerging learning strategies, such as microlearning. But even in these cases we don’t always know what the evidence says. For example: Is there an optimal length for microlearning? How "spaced" should spaced learning be?

In this workshop we will explore a number of common learning myths and what the evidence says about them, and we will look at evidence-based findings that support modern learning practices, such as microlearning, subscription learning, personalized learning, gamification, formative assessments and retrieval practice.

  • Date:Tuesday, June 4
  • Time:4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Room:Grapevine 4
  • Location:Grapevine 4
  • Session Type:Interactive Discussion
  • Submitter Name: Just, Steven
  • Submission Date (CST): 07/01/2019 08:43
  • Session Level: Intermediate
  • Submitter Email: sjust@intelalearning.com
  • Session Length: 60 Minute Workshop
  • How are you planning on keeping the learners engaged during this presentation?: The workshop will use polling, interactive discussions and provide attendees with the opportunity to engage with actual modern learning strategies.
  • Learning Objective 1: Identify common learning myths that can harm training programs and waste time and budget if they are put into practice.
  • Learning Objective 2: Put into practice evidence-based modern learning strategies, including microlearning, subscription learning, formative assessments and gamification.
  • Learning Objective 3: Cite evidence from academic studies to justify modern learning practices and secure management buy-in.
  • What is the topic your workshop will cover and how is it relevant to the industry?: As we move from traditional learning to modern learning, trainers and designers need to separate evidence-based practice from myth and hype.
Steven Just
Intela Learning