Your Case for E-Learning: Adult Learning Retention

As a technology company that focuses on e-learning, we often get asked why adult learning principals are so important to continuing education (CE). The short answer: adults learn best when they are engaged throughout the learning experience. In fact, research shows that “adults retain approximately 10 percent of what they see; 30 to 40 percent of what they see and hear; and 90 percent of what they see, hear, and do.”

So what does this mean and why should you care?

It means that your representatives will remember much more of what they’re learning when they read, listen and interact with course material. It is for that reason that we rolled out a new version of our on-demand annual compliance meeting that focuses on these adult learning principals. The modules offer paraphrased text, allowing the user to listen to and focus on the content so that they can apply it to their own learning path. Additionally, interactive knowledge tests are available to assess the user’s understanding of key concepts in real-time.

Adult learning principles are critical to developing successful education programs that result in participant engagement and the facilitation of learning. Adults have special needs and requirements as learners. At the end of the day, if you don’t design, develop, and deliver training in a manner that’s consistent with how your training audience learns, your training will not have the intended impact.

ALP training is designed to make the learner use their own knowledge and learning objectives to understand and retain the information so that it can be applied when fulfilling their compliance responsibilities. When selecting your annual compliance meeting for the year, be sure to take your representatives learning preferences into consideration. To help address user’s different learning styles, Quest CE offers over one-hundred ACM modules with more than fifty of them utilizing an adult learning principles format.

To learn more about this service or any of Quest CE’s compliance management offerings, please contact or customer service at 877.593.3366.