HCMx Radio 45: Brain Science – How to Reduce Distraction to Trigger Retention and Learning Effectiveness

Host: Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Guest: Bryan Austin, Vice President of Learning Innovation, mLevel brain-951874_1920

In this episode, we discuss current research on how the brain works and its effects on learning. Bryan Austin, VP of Learning Innovation at mLevel, joins us to share fascinating research on Neuroscience and Learning Effectiveness. We talked about the A.G.E.S. model, a result of a decade of neuroscience research, which represents the critical components of brain science that drive great learning ability and talent development.   

A.G.E.S. refers to:

  • Attention
  • Generation
  • Emotions
  • Spacing

During our podcast, we examine each element of the A.G.E.S. model to help you decipher or decode what triggers people to learn quicker, and absorb meaningful information that can contribute to greater performance.

We address the following:

  • The relationship between the A.G.E.S. model and employee performance
  • Techniques that are helpful with Attention (Focus)
  • Habits you can create to help with Generation to improve your learning ability – active learning where the learner creates meaning by doing
  • The importance of emotions, human connections, and social interactions that enable the student to recall better
  • Determine the best time and spacing between learning for greater effectiveness

Bryan has been a leader in the corporate learning industry for over 25 years. He was a member of the leadership teams for Skillsoft, NETg, Kaplan Financial, and Achieve-Global, among others. Bryan founded Game On! Learning in early 2012. A pioneer in the rapidly emerging game-based and mobile learning space, Bryan joined mLevel as Vice President of Learning Innovation in the fall of 2015.

To listen to our interview, you can download the podcast anytime at the HCMx Radio site.

               –Rachel Cooke, Chief Operating Officer, Brandon Hall Group



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Chief Executive Officer of Brandon Hall Group Mike Cooke Prior to joining Brandon Hall Group, Mike Cooke was the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of AC Growth. Mike held leadership and executive positions for the majority of his career, at which he was responsible for steering sales and marketing teams to drive results and profitability. His background includes more than 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, management, and operations in the research, consulting, software and technology industries. Mike has extensive experience in sales, marketing and management having worked for several early high-growth emerging businesses and has implemented technology systems to support various critical sales, finance, marketing and client service functions. He is especially skilled in organizing the sales and service strategy to fully support a company’s growth strategy. The concept of growth was an absolute to Mike and a motivator in starting AC Growth, in order to help organizations achieve research driven results. Most recently, Mike was the VP and General Manager of Field Operations at Bersin & Associates, a global analyst and consulting services firm focused on all areas of enterprise learning, talent management and talent acquisition. Tasked with leading the company’s global expansion, Mike led all sales operations worldwide. During Mike’s tenure, the company has grown into a multi-national firm, conducting business in over 45 countries with over 4,500 multi-national organizations. Mike started his career at MicroVideo Learning Systems in 1992, eventually holding a senior management position and leading all corporate sales before founding Dynamic Minds. Mike was CEO and Co-Founder of Dynamic Minds, a custom developer of software programs, working with clients like Goldman Sachs, Prentice Hall, McGraw Hill and Merrill Lynch. Also, Mike worked for Oddcast, a leading provider of customer experience and marketing solutions, where he held a senior management position leading the company into new markets across various industries. Mike also serves on the Advisory Board for Carbon Solutions America, an independent sustainability consulting and carbon management firm that specializes in the design and implementation of greenhouse reduction and sustainability plans as well as managing the generation of carbon and renewal energy and energy efficiency credits. Mike attended University of Phoenix, studying Business Administration and Finance. He has also completed executive training at the Chicago Graduate School of Business in Chicago, IL.

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