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Bonus Focus - October 2015 Issue

Improving Learning Through Formative Testing   

By Steven Just, Ed.D.

Summative assessments are assessments that are given at the completion of a training program to determine mastery of the material. This is understandable. It’s a large part of what training departments do: train, test and certify. But there is another type of assessment that is just as important, especially in its impact on learning: formative assessments. Formative assessments are assessments that help students learn. Lots of research over the past few decades points to the significant role testing can have as a learning tool.


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Make It Memorable: Designing Training that Taps into Emotions

By Wes Grantom

Take a moment and think back on everything you’ve ever learned. Which lessons stick out in your mind? Chances are the most memorable are the lessons that you connect to emotionally. Whether you’ve been in a classroom recently or haven’t cracked a book in years, the lessons that tend to stick with us are ones that create an emotional response or resonate on a visceral level. The emotion generated could be any number of a wide range of emotions – joy, sadness, fear, anger, surprise, pride, empathy – but the important thing is that while you learned that information you felt something.


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Just Remember to SMILE: 5 Tips to Make a Great First Impression

By Jill Donahue

I met my daughter’s new teacher today. And in one minute I knew it was going to be a good year. It made me think, “What makes people like you immediately?” What is that magical combination of skills and features that make you the type of person others want to be around? Have you consciously thought about it? As a trainer and a life sciences professional, you need to engage and influence others. One of the keys to your influence ability is being the type of person others want to be around.



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