The Hidden Factor Blocking L&D Success

Learning Science

Whether it's eLearning, classroom-based learning, online courses, or self-paced apps, there is a hidden factor we need to consider to be successful in L&D.

Recent research published in the journal Neuron shows our learning and development (L&D) strategies are blocked by our own brain. Whether it's eLearning, classroom-based learning, online courses, or self-paced apps, the biggest obstacle to learning retention is the way we’re built. How can we better understand our biology and how can we make it work for learning retention? 

The Truth Is, We Forget!

Classic research has taught us that forgetting is an inseparable part of learning. Our retention of information follows a curve of forgetting. This curve shows that our brains are best equipped for forgetting rather than retaining knowledge. In fact, we forget MORE than we retain: “within one hour, people will have forgotten an average of 50 percent of the information you presented. Within 24 hours, they have forgotten an average of 70 percent of new information, and within a week, forgetting claims an average of 90 percent of it.” How can we use what we know about forgetting to our advantage? 

How to Make L&D More Effective

The good news for learners and companies investing in L&D is there are a number of strategies to support our brains in retaining what we learn.

Science-based Solutions

Proven methods of increasing learning retention include: 

  1. Spaced Repetition - Repeated review of information and concepts with scheduled time in between each review session strengthens memory
  2. Retrieval Practice - Having to recall information stresses our brains and boosts learning
  3. Adaptability - Adjusting information and difficulty level to serve up content that is specific to each learner increases learning
  4. Analytics - Providing data and insights on engagement, content, group, and individual performance, and organizational knowledge trends helps maximize L&D investment

An ideal L&D solution provides adaptive, self-paced, and personalized learning. For those investing in L&D, an ideal solution will also include accessible data and analytics to address skill gaps and reward success. 

What’s Next? 

Hi, we’re Trivie. We make learning more engaging, measurable, and personalized. We’re here to help with flexible and scalable eLearning for all. Contact our team and let’s get started. 



Trivie is a "learning as a service" platform that uses neuroscience and gamification to increase knowledge retention and engagement while providing companies with powerful data to improve business outcomes.

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