How to Help Learners Retain Knowledge Better

How to Help Learners Retain Knowledge Better

As instructional designers, our aim is to make our learners learn effectively through the training we impart and retain the knowledge effectively. In order to achieve this, we need to first understand what causes the learners to back off from the course and forget the training we deliver. Working effectively on such factors can greatly help Instructional designers mitigate those causes.

Let’s look at some reasons and the effective solutions through which your learners can recollect your training.

Reason 1: Content of the course

This is the most important factor that needs to be focused on. Your learners may forget the training, if they find the content to be irrelevant to their learning needs. They find no reason to learn, as the course does not serve their purpose. You also need to remember that learners can’t concentrate effectively, when they are ‘flooded’ with lots of information at once.


Engage the SME:

To overcome the problem of ineffective content, it is very essential to involve the SMEs in your eLearning project. SMEs help your eLearning developers to gather information for effective and performance-oriented training. This way, your learners would find the content to be relevant to their training needs and be able to remember the learning longer.

Chunk the content effectively:

It is very important for instructional designers to focus on how to present the content of the course. It is also essential for them to think beyond just dumping the content on the screen. It is a good idea to chunk the content effectively without missing on any of the important information, so as to make your learners hold much of the information and thus enhance learning.

Reason 2: Processing of information

Learners can process information easily, when they are able to connect themselves emotionally to the course. This helps them retain the content longer and the purpose of the training would be achieved effectively. Your learners may not be able to process the information provided in the course if they find your course to be just a collection of slides with the content dumped into them without any emotional connection.


Make use of scenarios: Using scenarios in eLearning project can impact the learners in a big way. Scenario-based eLearning is a great way to ‘immerse’ learners in real world situations or the environment they work. This sets the stage for eLearning developers to connect the learners emotionally with the course, and thus allow them retain the content effectively.

Reason 3: Training required for performance support

Assume that you are dealing with an eLearning project aimed at providing product training to the employees in an organization. The training presents a great challenge to eLearning developers and requires a great deal of effort to involve learners in the training.


Create opportunities for practice through effective interactivities and animations: It is a good practice to incorporate effective interactivities in an eLearning course to explain about products. Hotspots and animations can be used to indicate the parts of the product and demonstrate its functioning.

These are the few solutions that if implemented effectively in your eLearning course can help make your learners remember the course.

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  • shobana

    simple and good strategies