Spaced repetition and Brain Boost - a learning method made for mobile

Spaced Repetition and Brain Boost – A Learning Method Made for Mobile

EdApp uses spaced repetition to help you train your staff. A core difficulty for businesses is to engage staff in internal learning and ensure that lessons are effective.

Ed’s new implementation is called Brain Boost and it takes spaced repetition to the next level.

What is spaced repetition?

Spaced repetition, also known as distributed practice, is a highly-effective method of learning. Lessons are retaken at increasing intervals until knowledge is fully embedded in long-term memory. The more frequently a lesson is retaken, the better the knowledge retention is and the less frequently the repeated learning needs to occur. It is linked to the forgetting curve which plots memory retention over time. It is important to use a scientific spaced repetition schedule: revision that’s too frequent is as ineffective as revision that’s too infrequent.  

Spaced repetition learning techniques are among the most effective forms of embedding knowledge in learners. Fundamentally, the methodology describes a process of revision whereby learning is repeated at increasing intervals until the knowledge is permanently implanted. Perhaps its close relation to traditional, unsophisticated rote memorization has led to it being overlooked by eLearning-focused L&D professionals in recent times, but it’s making a big comeback thanks to the latest developments in learning technology. One of the latest spaced repetition learning implementation’s is EdApp’s new Brain Boost feature.

Spaced repetition is a methodology made for mobile-based microlearning. With many eLearning courses being long and tedious with completion rates struggling to surpass 20 per cent, it’s downright impractical to expect learners to retake the course many times over. However, with microlearning courses only taking minutes to complete, the potential for simply retaking one (which typically gives an instant completion rate boost to around 90 per cent) means spaced repetition becomes instantly accessible.

EdApp’s Brain Boost implementation takes things to the next level. Rather than simply repeating the same course, it uses an adaptive, dynamic algorithm that’s based upon SM-2. This asks different questions to establish what a learner remembers and what they don’t. The more they get right, the less frequently they’ll need to be tested. However, if questioning shows that a learner is struggling with the retention of some topics more than others, they will be asked more frequently about those topics than ones they are comfortable with.

Sean Kang’s paper delves more into the science of spaced repletion learning, but the following quote is illustrative, “Hundreds of studies in cognitive and educational psychology have demonstrated that spacing out repeated encounters with the material over time produces superior long-term learning, compared with repetitions that are massed together. Also, incorporating tests into spaced practice amplifies the benefits.”

Enhancing spaced repetition with Brain Boost

Brain Boost automatically creates interactive lessons based upon core, previously-learned content. Any course material that a learner has not completed successfully is repeated more frequently to encourage retention until it is locked in to long-term memory. It glosses over content areas where the learner has already demonstrated retention in order to enhance learning efficiency and avoid distracting the user with content they already know. It uses the highly-regarded Supermemo SM-2 interval algorithm.

Great with microlearning

Spaced repetition fits perfectly with EdApp’s microlearning format, as any concepts that learners find difficult can be easily repeated or revised at a later date. This further sets EdApp apart from traditional eLearning courses which are long, unengaging and typically see completion rates drop below 20 per cent. EdApp’s interactive, gamified and template-optimised courses are much more engaging and effective plus much quicker to produce and complete. Without microlearning, spaced repetition would be almost impossible to implement as courses are too long.

We manage it for you

Brain Boost works behind the scenes to know when to reiterate your content. It looks at how users are doing within lessons, as well as factoring in the weighted importance of your content to decide what comes next. Your learners will automatically receive the optimal learning tailored to their individual needs, so you don’t have to worry about the details. To learn more about our Brain Boost spaced repetition implementation, check out our blog post, here.

Ultimately, spaced repetition learning, when used with mobile learning, repeatedly transfers knowledge in an interactive and engaging way until it is embedded and permanent. To find out more about how it and EdApp can help your organisation, get in touch at You can also try EdApp’s Mobile LMS and authoring tool for free by signing up here.

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