Halifax, December 2, 2015 – SageCrowd has partnered with the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Dalhousie University to conduct research that will explore the impact of specific science of learning training methods on the efficacy of online learning.

This study, funded by a Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada (NSERC) Engage grant, will test how different variables impact learning, such as: content assembly, unit volume, reflection, and time between learning and testing. In conducting this research, sageCrowd and Dalhousie’s NeuroCognitive Imaging Lab will find out what specific variables help students learn course content more effectively.

Enterprises spend $140 billion annually on employee training with more and more of that spending moving online. E-Learning has grown to a $93 billion industry growing annually at double digits. Despite all this spending, most training programs are executed with little to no efficacy that the intended results were achieved. The Training and E-learning industries are now paying close attention to a new discipline co-created between Psychology and Education referred to as the “Science of Learning.”

“This project will strengthen our SAGECROWD WAY methodology providing direct input into how we refine and optimize our learning experiences,” sageCrowd CEO, Sean Sears, says. “The research will be invaluable to both the NeuroCognitive Imaging Lab and sageCrowd, because it will demonstrate how specific learning methods impact skill adoption and permanent memory creation.”

NSERC’s Engage grant will provide $25,000 in funding for this research. The study will take place over the next six months and involve 80 participants over four experiments.

“This project is significant in how it’s bridging a gap between academic research and business,” Dr. Aaron Newman, Director of the NeuroCognitive Imaging Lab and principal investigator of the study, says. “SageCrowd is dedicated to developing a learning platform that is scientifically validated, and are eager to follow evidence-based design. This project is also an excellent opportunity for the scientists we’re training at Dalhousie to learn how to apply science outside of academia and understand the relevance of their work.”

About sageCrowd:

SageCrowd is a software company transforming enterprise training by leveraging breakthroughs from the 'science of learning'. SageCrowd believes that aligning training to the brain’s natural learning process is the key to better results. They have built the science-based learning methodology, SAGECROWD WAY and a Collaborative Learning Platform. The goal is to help enterprises implement their most mission critical training projects. It is a whole new way to learn.

About Dalhousie University:

Dalhousie University is Atlantic Canada’s leading research-intensive university and a driver of the region’s intellectual, social, and economic development. Across 13 faculties, Dalhousie researchers and students conduct more than $135 million in funded research each year with hospitals, industry, governments, non-profit agencies and universities around the globe.

About NSERC:

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) is the primary funding agency supporting Canada’s science and engineering research community. The agency supports almost 30,000 postsecondary students and postdoctoral fellows in their advanced studies. NSERC promotes discovery by funding approximately 12,000 professors every year and works with over 3,000 Canadian companies that are participating and investing in postsecondary research projects.

For more information, please contact:
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Nikki Comeau, Communications
Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Science
(902) 494-8443




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