Accelerated Learning and Retention – Literature Review and Workshop Review

Apprentissage accéléré et conservation des connaissances acquises – Examen de la documentation et de l'atelier


  1. Adams, B.D.
  2. Karthaus, C.
  3. Rehak, L.S.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN);Humansystems Inc, Guelph ONT (CAN)
Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) Toronto and the Canadian Defence Academy (CDA) have embarked upon a collaborative research effort to identify the most promising topics for Research and Development (R&D) on accelerating learning and maximizing knowledge/skill retention that could yield the greatest benefit to the Canadian Forces (CF) within five years. This report examines the two deliverables of this project, a literature review and a workshop. The literature generated a list of potential research concepts related to accelerated learning and retention. A review of 26 articles from the relevant literature showed a range of factors likely to impact on learning and retention. These included charateristics of the student (e.g., congnitive ability and motivation), the instructor, delivery media (e.g., classroom-based instruction vs. computer-based instruction), delivery methods (e.g., scheduling, feedback and testing) and issues related to retention. It was noted that the factors that influence skill acquisition are not necessarily the same ones that influence skill retention. The literature review examined the available research exploring the impact of these factors on learning and retention, and identified gaps and emerging research questions. Following the identification of these 15 research topics, a workshop (coordinated and facilitated by the CDA) was convened in Kingston, Ontario in order to explore the merit and importance of these topics from the perspectiv
Retention;Skill decay;Skill retention;Skill fade
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-CR-2011-105 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Mar 2011
Number of Pages
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