P11 - Know the Mind, Know the Learner: Applying Brain Science to Improve Training

Oct 20, 2020
The Mirage
Instructional Design

We work hard to create effective training experiences but we are disappointed when our employees fail to learn or don't transfer learning back to their workplace. We might choose to blame the learner or our technology but training often fails because we don't understand the mind of the learner. As a result, we build training modules that are not consistent with the brain's natural means of acquisition. Furthermore, we fail to reinforce memory and collect data that will allow us to iterate our training and make it more effective. Training should be more effective, and it can be more effective once we understand how the learner's mind operates.

In this energetic workshop you’ll explore 10 core principles that will help you understand how the brain controls learning and memory. It will give you the opportunity to explore and overcome the training problems within your organization. By the end of the day you’ll have both a deep understanding of 10 core principles of modern cognitive science and will be able to immediately deploy these ideas to create training that is tailored to the human mind. You’ll also learn to create a systematic program of follow-up training that overcomes the forgetting curve and allows your organization to generate Level 4 and 5 data that prove the value of your training. The workshop will be highly interactive and each of the 10 concepts will be taught using videos, demonstrations, and stand-up activities. Once all of the concepts have been introduced, you’ll be presented with a series of training challenges and will have hands-on opportunities to create learning modules that link into the human mind. Come prepared to have fun... and learn.

In this session, you will learn:

  • To design training and change management solutions that are compatible with the brain’s natural way of learning
  • To create social learning communities that are based on psychological principles of observational learning
  • How to use authoring tools more effectively by understanding how the brain encodes metaphor and emotion
  • How to develop incentive systems that reinforce desired behaviors and are based on established principles of conditioning
  • How to use social media, mobile devices, and coach-on-demand technologies in ways that produce pro-social change
  • Ways to improve employees' attention within mobile learning by understanding the secrets to people's levels of consciousness
  • Techniques for designing effective "follow-up training" by tapping into mnemonic principles of memory
  • How to deliver either visual messages or auditory messages based on an understanding of the brain's dual-coding mechanisms


Designers, developers, managers, senior leaders

Prerequisite knowledge:

A general enthusiasm for science and the scientific method is helpful

Technology discussed:

Micro-training, incentives, video-training, post training reinforcement, assessment, learning objectives, brain compatibility, gamification, simulations

Art Kohn, Professor - ASPIRE Consulting Group