Important or not, forgetting something often causes people to question what is wrong with their memory, but in reality almost everyone has had an experience with forgetting something. Whether it is as simple as misplaced keys or as unnerving as walking into a classroom with no memory that a major test was scheduled, forgetting is very common.
In the 1990's, the Wurth brothers, the owners of Mindmarker, were very successful judo athletes, and both brothers represented the Netherlands in major international tournaments. Anthonie Wurth, the older of the two, placed fifth in judo at the 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain.
When planning a reinforcement program, you must focus on reinforcing key skills and concepts in ways that staff will grasp. To do that, you've got to understand common misconceptions about reinforcement and plan your training accordingly.
The main focus of any training and development department is to create the most effective training program possible. Training programs should actively engage your participants and should leave a lasting impression, but do they really?
We know this situation all too well: your learners have returned from their course, but within days, they begin to forget important information and skills they learned during the training. Why does this happen? And what's the solution to this problem?
The concept of the Forgetting Curve dates back to 1885, when the German psychologist Ebbinghaus developed his memory retention theory. Ebbinghaus theorized that learners quickly forgot information in the days that follow a training. So how does spaced repetition tie into Ebbinghaus' Forgetting Curve?