Using cognitive learning to optimise your training w/ Janell Blunt

Using cognitive learning to optimise your training w/ Janell Blunt
Using cognitive learning to optimise your training w/ Janell Blunt

Once you understand cognitive learning it can revolutionise how you deliver your training.

This is something my guest, Janell Blunt, Associate Professor at Anderson University knows all about.

Dr. Janell R. Blunt is a cognitive scientist with over 10 years of experience conducting research on how people learn. Her work has been published in top academic journals, including Science, and has been featured in the New York Times 

Her workshops and keynote addresses focus on how to boost your learning whether at school, work or play.

Tune in and you’ll learn the following, plus much more:

  • Where most training providers go wrong with learning
  • The evidence based strategies to learn better
  • Why you should use a combination of learning modalities

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Where we go wrong is not using evidence-based data to support the kinds of things that we’re promoting.

Janell Blunt – Using cognitive learning to optimise your training
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Using cognitive learning to optimise your training – Copyright Janell Blunt

What’s the relationship between cognitive learning and training?

When you’re only focusing on that initial encoding stage, the problem is you feel really confident.

Then, a couple of weeks later, you go to actually run that analysis in your office, and you don’t remember.

So you’re looking at losses of productivity, and you’re looking at losses of competence.

I think ultimately, when you are trained on something, if you put all that time and money into it, and you don’t retain anything, it’s really negating a lot of those benefits.

So this could be something that you, the trainer, can help incorporate.

You could also put some responsibility on the trainee to say, I did this training, I let some time pass, do I remember the three main points from each training session?

So you can prevent some of that loss in productivity by using retrieval, and spacing out your learning.

Each time you remember something, you’re reconstructing it.

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Why retrieval practice is powerful for improving memory.

An easy way to do that is to give people a chance to reflect back on things that have already happened within your training session.

If you’ve got a multi-day training session, that’s a really good time on that second or third day to ask what are some things you remember?

And the key here is to wait it out.

As the person giving that training, or teaching that lesson, it can feel really painful.

But if you give people the time and space to remember, then that’s when the learning happens.

It feels a little uncomfortable for both the trainer and the trainee.

But give yourself that time and that space to practice retrieval
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Take-aways you do not want to miss πŸ‘‡

  • Three Stages of Learning
  • How how human learning works and why you should know about it
  • Why evidence-based strategies for effective learning are so important
  • The importance of session recaps, transcripts and summaries
  • Why you should be evaluating and refining your training methods
  • The importance of session recaps, transcripts and summaries
  • Understanding ineffective ways of learning so you can avoid them
  • Why using multiple modalities works
  • How understanding cognitive learning can help with your training

Some resources for you


LinkedIn: Follow and connect with Janell

Janell’s LinkedIn Learning course: Strategies to Learn and Upskill More Effectively

Evidence-based techniques for enhancing learning – RetrievalPractice.org

“Thinking, Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman – Explores how people think and make decisions.

“The Chimp Paradox” by Professor Steve Peters – Discusses the interplay between the prefrontal cortex and the amygdala in decision-making and behavior.

“Surrounded by Idiots” by Thomas Erikson – Explores different communication styles and how they impact relationships

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