What Is Learning Science?
Learning science is an emerging, interdisciplinary field that studies how we learn and how to design and implement learning methodologies.
New developments in learning science in the fields of neuroscience, psychology and behavioral economics are making important discoveries in how we can learn (and teach) more deeply and more effectively. At the same time, this new learning science shines a light on the inefficacies of traditional learning methodologies.
Traditional methods often rely on content absorption (such as long lectures or reading assignments) based on presented course materials. While these methods are familiar and convenient, they are simply not the best way to learn.
The New Learning Science
A new and clearer understanding of how the brain creates permanent memories could be the key to better learning design.
Traditional skills training methods do not align with the brain’s ‘natural’ learning cycle and, therefore, fail to create permanent memories. This results in training programs that fail to achieve their objectives, poor skill adoption, and no change in personal or enterprise performance.
Developing learning experiences that mimic the brain’s precise sequence for permanent memory creation is the new frontier in training and could be the key to lasting skill-based memories and behavioral change.
What to do next:
If you're looking to improve enterprise performance, you may recognize the inadequacies of traditional training methods (while at the same time, still using them).
But there are steps you can take to improve the way you deliver training and increase the likelihood that learners will remember and successfully apply new skills.
You can start by downloading sageCrowd's whitepaper The Brain's Natural Learning Cycles: Implications for Skill Development.
(Psst: If you're not a training professional and simply an individual looking to improve, all these steps apply to your own learning process, too!)