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Saturday, 10 February 2007


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Jon Henner


Without knowing all the details, I think that a learning show will be great. Will there be transcripts available? As a deaf man, I usually don't have access to podcasts and traditional internet video presentations.



Thought the show was really good. Thanks for taking the time to post it.

I am looking for more information on "forgetting", that is how quickly people forget what they have been thoughts. My inital response to my boss was "pretty darn quickly", but I think they are looking for something more informative.

Have a great week

Peter Beck-Moretti

As a practitioner with 14 years of experience in learning design in the industry, I can only say: Will cuts it right to the chase!
So do not miss his presentation, where he uses, by the way, some of the techniques that help retain information and should be used in good (self) learning events (e.g. using interaction, single choice questions in this case, not to do one of those common low level tests, but to appeal to one’s experience and common sense in order to make us reflect instead of just listen, and many more!) . Have fun (I had)


Learning Show -- Don't Forget Forgetting" piece highlights the key learning interventions in a simple manner. These principles will be better retained by the reader if they can see it used in a course or an online learning website.
If you can provide a link to a website/websites/classroom course that implements these learning interventions is a great way to ensure retention and understanding for readers.

Will Thalheimer


Thank you for your comment. I appreciate your engagement, though I must admit that your comment annoys me. Of course further learning interactions will improve learning, but this Learning Show episode is not intended to provide a full and complete learning experience. It's already too long at 25 minutes. It is intended to highlight a fundamental feature of human cognition that many of us overlook. It is intended to get viewers to think about the problem of forgetting---something they probably haven't considered---to entice them to learn more. The episode is a beginning. If you want the full treatment, your organization should consider one of my workshops complete with learning audits of your own programs.

John R. Aberle

Dear Will,

Thank you very much for creating and posting free "The Learning Show -- Don't Forget Forgetting." A friend of mine told me about you and gave me a link to your site. I'm a small business consultant, specializing in sales and marketing. He's a training and instructional systems developer. My interest was in the learning retention pyramid. Tom Lenzo said that you have a very different take on learning and retention. I found your material fascinating. While I did not score very well on your quiz on it, I agree with your conclusions. In point of fact, seeing how you did this with a quiz to make visitors think was great inspiration to me. I am already thinking about how to apply your example. You're a great role model.

At your service,

John (Aberle)
[email protected]

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