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506 Spaced Learning: A Design and Technology Primer

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM PT
Thursday, October 21

Tracks: Instructional Design

When done well, spaced learning is an approach that can help your learners build and apply knowledge over time, leading to increased confidence and competence. There is a lot of excitement around systems that can “automagically” deliver content and resources over time to help training “stick”. Unfortunately, like most things in workforce development, buying the technology to support spaced learning is only a small piece of what it takes to do it well. You may also find that you’re trying to find the right technology, but aren’t sure where to start.

In this session we will look at spaced learning from two perspectives: How to design for it, and the technology needed to deliver and measure it. You will learn how to approach an instructional design strategy for spaced learning, including a framework for how to appropriately structure your training content and resources and measure success. We will also discuss how to evaluate your current tools and platforms to determine whether you need new technology to deliver spaced learning in your organization. You may find that you already have everything you need to implement effective spaced learning now!

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to design an effective spaced learning experience
  • A simple framework for planning spaced learning notifications/communications
  • How to identify measurements that matter throughout spaced learning experiences
  • What to look for in technology to deliver and measure spaced learning

Technology discussed in this session:

Learning management systems (general), learning experience platforms (general), email delivery platforms, text/SMS platforms, mobile learning platforms

Sarah Mercier


Learning Ninjas

Sarah Mercier, CEO at Learning Ninjas, specializes in innovative learning technology and strategic implementation of learning solutions. Sarah is an international facilitator for the Association for Talent Development’s E-Learning Instructional Design and Microlearning certificate programs. She is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and business events in the areas of instructional strategy, learning technology strategy, and learning solution design and development. Her work has been published in ATD’s 2020 Trends in Learning Technology, The Book of Road-Tested Activities, TD Magazine, Learning Solutions Magazine, CLO Magazine, and a variety of other training and workforce publications.