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Return on investment

When I was young and still in elementary school, my friends and I always used to sing a silly Dutch song.  The lyrics went: "The more I learn, the more I know. The more I know, the more I forget. The more I forget, the less I know. So I won't learn and won't regret it." Now, years and years later there might be a bit more truth to that song than you initially think. Ever heard of the Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve? This curve shows how information is lost over time when there is no attempt to retain it.  And that is pretty damn quick... A typical graph of the forgetting curve  shows that within  days or weeks of completion of  a training workshop, participants tend to have only retained  half  of the newly learned knowledge. So how do you make sure participants learn as much as possible in a training workshop?  There has been a lot of research on this subject. One of the outcomes is that people learn both passive and active: As you can see the mos