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Principles and Practices of Durable Learning

May 21, 2024

Our brains are complex, with an estimated 90 billion neurons and 110 trillion pathways all working to help us survive, grow, and learn. With so much going on in that three-pound organ, it is amazing to think that trainers and educators can positively influence the structure of our brains through effective design and delivery of learning experiences. Designing learning consistent with the biology of the brain leads to “sticky” learning. That requires designing learning for optimal engagement of our working, storage, and retrieval memory. During this session, you will learn eight science-based, research-supported principles of durable learning that help learning remain long after a learning experience. We will also explore stories that illustrate these principles and practical ideas for ensuring learning stickiness.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn eight principles that positively affect the stickiness of learning.
  • Gain insights into how the biology of the brain influences the effectiveness of our learning designs.
  • Practice applying these principles.


Bob Gerard Bob Gerard, Learning and Leadership Development; Learning Ingenuity Lead, Accenture


Bob Gerard is a 30-year-plus learning industry veteran who has held pretty much every role imaginable in the learning space at one time or another. Currently, Bob leads the Learning Ingenuity team within Accenture’s HR organization, which is essentially “research and development for how Accenture people learn better.” Bob is also the co-host of the Learning Geeks podcast, a program that reaches thousands of learning professionals around the world.

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