Podcast 212 — 12 levers for learning transfer

Giving learners access to training does not guarantee any behavioural change whatsoever. Even the most engaging piece of learning doesn't necessarily shift one's thoughts or actions. So how can we plan, create and support training in a way that learning is transferred?

Written by Owen Ferguson
Published 15 September 2020
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Podcast 212 — 12 levers for learning transfer

This week on the Good Practice Podcast, Gemma and Owen are joined by Dr Ina Weinbauer-Heidel, founder and chief executive officer of the Institute of Transfer Effectiveness.

We discuss: 

  • The challenge of learning transfer  
  • How Dr Ina's "12 levers" can be used to encourage learning transfer 
  • Project examples that use the 12 levers 
  • Measuring learning transfer. 

Dr Ina Weinbauer-Heidel book, What makes training really work includes the 12 levers and associated questions. Available online at https://www.amazon.co.uk/What-Makes-Training-Really-Work/dp/3746942993 

Gemma mentioned Roger Deakin’s book, Waterlog. Available online at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Waterlog-Roger-Deakin/dp/1784700061/ref=asc_df_1784700061 

The glass shape research Owen cites is found in the British Psychological Society’s Research Digest. The title of the research is “The Shape of a glass can influence how much we drink”. Langfield, T., Pechey, R., Gilchrist, P. T., Pilling, M., & Marteau, T. M. (2020). Glass shape influences drinking behaviours in three laboratory experiments. Scientific reports10(1), 1-11. Found online at https://digest.bps.org.uk/2020/08/13/the-shape-of-a-glass-can-influence-how-much-we-drink/ 

Dr Ina Weinbauer-Heidel

Dr Ina Weinbauer-Heidel

Founder and CEO, Institute for Transfer Effectiveness

Ina Weinbauer-Heidel has been dedicating her professional career to understanding and improving the interface between transfer research and transfer practice. In her roles as a scientist, speaker, consultant, and trainer, as well as head of the Institute of Transfer Effectiveness in Austria, she works relentlessly to make scientific findings applicable in practice.
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Gemma Towersey

Gemma Towersey

Learning Experience Manager, Emerald Works

Gemma is a learning designer and workplace coach, out to help people and organisations across the world make positive changes. She works with clients across the globe to design creative, enjoyable training that meets organisational goals. She enjoys bringing love of learning, stories and people together for exciting results.
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Owen Ferguson

Owen Ferguson

Product and Technology Director, Emerald Works

A self-confessed nerd, Owen is passionate about taking an evidence-led approach to developing digital products that solve real-world problems. He is also a regular on our weekly podcast.
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Owen Ferguson

Owen Ferguson

Product and Technology Director
A self-confessed nerd, Owen is passionate about taking an evidence-led approach to developing digital products that solve real-world problems. He is also a regular on our weekly podcast.

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