The Spacing Effect: Harnessing The Power Of Spaced Practice For Learning That Sticks

by Learning Pool

This whitepaper, written for Learning Pool by John Helmer, demonstrates how this now well-established knowledge about the workings of memory can be applied in practical situations using modern learning technology.

Key Chapters

  1. Why This Paper Now?

    Technology and the spacing effect: A missed opportunity?

  2. How The Spacing Effect Works

    What Ebbinghaus discovered: Development of Ebbinghaus’s ideas by behaviorists and cognitivists.

  3. Spaced Practice In Practice

    Are we doing it already? Blended learning 10,000 hours of practice? Duolingo and language learning? Do we need to space everything?

  4. Using Technology To Harness The Spacing Effect

    3 reasons why now is the moment for spaced practice: Mitigating the annoyance factor Spacing and the LXP. Periodicity—are there any “magic numbers”? Spacing … or nudging?

Spaced Practice is a technique for supporting deep learning, the sort of transformational learning that can have a real impact on how the individual and the organization perform.

Knowledge retention and real-world application are the ultimate goals. This is an essential read for L&D pros who want to create more memorable learning experiences that move beyond theory.

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Christopher Pappas
Founder of eLearning Industry, Inc.