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FEATURESTORY

Boosting Memory
There are solutions for increasing
retention. Check out the sidebar
article, "Understanding Encoding to
Boost Memory," by Merrill Collier, in
the February 2014 issue of Bonus
Focus online magazine,
www.spbt.org/bonusfocus

difference is used in open-source Web
development where developers need
many eyeballs to detect bugs in the
system.
In similar fashion, instructional
designers often ask colleagues to review
content to spot overlooked details that
can detract from optimal content
design. As my Langevin instructor
always said, never do for the learners
what the learners can do for

themselves.
For effective learning, the
students should work twice as hard
as the facilitator. The studentcentered learning approach also has
been proven in a randomized
clinical trial to boost understanding. In
a 2011 study at University of British
Columbia and published in Science
magazine, one part of a physics class
received the normal lecture from a
highly rated professor for a week. The
other section worked in small groups
to solve problems, with occasional
guidance from grad students, with
frequent feedback from peers. In the
experimental group with the novice

grad school instructors, the students
performed twice as well on tests and
were 20 percent more engaged. The
opportunity to practice and apply
knowledge boosted performance, over
the traditional lecture model wherein
students learned to recite Newton's laws
and maybe even performed some
calculations but did not apply the laws
to problems they had not seen before.
Leading universities such as MIT and
others acknowledge that students who
learn through exercises which include
immediate practice, feedback and
reinforcement remember the concepts
longer and are better able to apply
them. I

Merrill Collier is a global training and education specialist at Medtronic's CardioVascular division. This article expresses the
personal views of the author and does not necessarily represent the opinions of Medtronic. Email Merrill at
Merrill.Collier@Medtronic.com.

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Focus Magazine
From the President: Career Paths to Success
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Guest Editor: The New Frontier
Front of the Room: Swaying an Audience
Viewpoint: Health Insurance Exchanges
Racing to Success: 2013 Medical Device & Diagnostic Trainers Summit Recap
Redesigning Learning: Astellas Gives 'Live' a New Look
Sleights-of-Learning: Neuroscience, Attention and Memory
Measuring Experience: Scorecards & Simulations
Virtual Impact: Converting to VILT
Member Solutions: Developing Field-Based Trainers
What Makes Virtual Leadership So Hard?
Facing Negativity in Sales
Virtual How: Learning Management System Trends
Member News
Ad Index
Focus Contacts
5 Questions with Dr. Beverly Kaye
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Focus Magazine - Winter 2014 - From the President: Career Paths to Success
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Focus Magazine - Winter 2014 - Table of Contents
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Focus Magazine - Winter 2014 - Guest Editor: The New Frontier
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Focus Magazine - Winter 2014 - Front of the Room: Swaying an Audience
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Focus Magazine - Winter 2014 - Viewpoint: Health Insurance Exchanges
Focus Magazine - Winter 2014 - Racing to Success: 2013 Medical Device & Diagnostic Trainers Summit Recap
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Focus Magazine - Winter 2014 - Redesigning Learning: Astellas Gives 'Live' a New Look
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Focus Magazine - Winter 2014 - Sleights-of-Learning: Neuroscience, Attention and Memory
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Focus Magazine - Winter 2014 - Measuring Experience: Scorecards & Simulations
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Focus Magazine - Winter 2014 - Virtual Impact: Converting to VILT
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Focus Magazine - Winter 2014 - Member Solutions: Developing Field-Based Trainers
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Focus Magazine - Winter 2014 - What Makes Virtual Leadership So Hard?
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Focus Magazine - Winter 2014 - Facing Negativity in Sales
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Focus Magazine - Winter 2014 - Virtual How: Learning Management System Trends
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Focus Magazine - Winter 2014 - Member News
Focus Magazine - Winter 2014 - Ad Index
Focus Magazine - Winter 2014 - Focus Contacts
Focus Magazine - Winter 2014 - 5 Questions with Dr. Beverly Kaye
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