Atrainability have partnered with Download™ a leading provider of distance learning solutions to develop
e-learning courses for medical professionals.
The courses are based on the Spaced Learning™ concept which promotes the concept that there are two elements to creating a long term memory.
The first is repetition. Repetition helps the brain decide what information is important and therefore worth embedding in the long term memory. The maximum teaching duration for a ‘repetition’, before concentration starts to diminish, is circa 18 minutes and three repetitions are required for a long term memory to form.
The second is the length of the gaps, or ‘spaces’, between those repetitions. This is the critical element that dictates if a memory is formed or lost. During those ‘spaces’ the brain has to be distracted from the learning task at hand. These ‘spaces’ help the brain start to encode information in the long term memory; they provide the ‘space’ for the chemical process to take place. If the synapses receive the wrong stimulus during these spaces, they will reset and the memory will not
So the basic structure of Spaced Learning™ is; learn, rest, learn, rest, learn.
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Different neurons in the brain perform different functions. Some are dedicated to short term memory and others to long term memory and it is the connection between these neurons, the synapses, that dictate if memories are lost or retained.
The synapses associated with short term memory reset quickly, in minutes, hours and days, and the information they held is lost. Almost all current teaching methods primarily address the short term memory.
The synapses linked to long term memory may reset or may be strengthened and the memory retained. By firing these synapses in a specific time sequence, it is possible to strengthen these synapses, embedding information directly into the long term memory through one learning input.
This process is known as Spaced Learning™. This is not to be confused with knowledge reinforcement methodologies that are sometimes described as using spaced learning. The processes and results are totally different.
There have been many academic studies into Spaced Learning™ ; it is proven and scientifically accepted. One of the best known and influential was by R. Douglas Fields and it is his research, published in Scientific American, that has underpinned the development of Download™ .
The practical application of that neuroscience has been pioneered by our own Dr Paul Kelley. Paul’s research included applying Spaced Learning™ methods to the teaching of GCSE and A levels whilst Head Master of Monkseaton High School and achieved dramatic results which are the subject of peer reviewed papers.
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