spaced repetition learning

New EdApp feature: Spaced repetition

Spaced repetition learning techniques are among the most effective forms of embedding knowledge in learners. Fundamentally, it describes a process of revision where learning is repeated at increasing intervals until the knowledge is permanently implanted. Perhaps its close relation to traditional, unsophisticated rote learning has led to it being overlooked by eLearning-focussed 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 implementation’s is EdApp’s new Brain Boost feature.

Spaced repetition is a methodology made for mobile-based microlearning. With typical 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 matters even further. Rather than simply repeating the same course, it uses an adaptive, dynamic quiz that’s based upon the SM-2 learning algorithm. 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 the quiz shows that a learner is struggling with the retention of some topics more than others, they will be quizzed more frequently on 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.”

Ultimately, spaced repetition, 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 or in the box below.

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