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Instructure Unveils Bridge Retain to Enhance Employee Memory

Salt Lake City, UT - February 16, 2017 - Bridge by Instructure, a leading learning management system (LMS) for businesses, today announced the launch of Bridge Retain, a tool empowering company leaders to increase employees’ retention of training over the long-term. With Bridge Retain, learners receive low-stakes learning opportunities and quizzes, complete with immediate feedback and resources to help them retain the training they’ve received. Bridge Retain is launching together with a Bridge course on memory designed and delivered by Jeopardy! star Ken Jennings.

Bridge Retain is designed to ensure learners actually retain training, and its robust reporting helps administrators evaluate whether content is being retained on an ongoing basis. With Bridge Retain, learners are given quick booster check-ins that help them actively recall information and commit knowledge to memory. Bridge Retain can be added to any course, and administrators can leverage a pre-built framework of assessments with customizable frequency to jumpstart retention efforts.

“So much expense and effort goes into creating trainings. Great courses are created, employees take them, and then everything they learned starts to evaporate,” said Matt Bingham, VP of product for Bridge by Instructure. “Training will only have a meaningful impact on the business when employees are able to hold on to that knowledge. Bridge Retain combines formative assessments and immediate feedback to deliver a great learning strategy that focuses on retention, for any content on any subject."

The retrieval experience of Bridge Retain is essential to the modern-day organization because it can help corporations better leverage their training programs while boosting productivity and saving time and resources. The Bridge team recently surveyed 1,000 employees in the U.S. (mostly mid-level, manager or supervisor) and discovered interesting trends in training, learning and productivity.

Key findings from the survey include:

  • For an organization with 1,000 employees, workers spend at least 10,010 hours per year answering questions or explaining concepts they’ve already discussed.
  • For an organization with 1,000 employees, workers spend at least 5,850 hours a year looking up information previously covered—nearly 6,000 hours of productivity time wasted.
  • Calendar reminders and Post-It notes are the most popular tools employees use to retain information at work, with respectively 47 percent and 46 percent of employees using them for this purpose. In contrast, corporate materials such as employee handbooks are used by only 9 percent of employees, making them one of the most seldom-used tools.
  • 78 percent of respondents participate in company training quarterly or less frequently.
  • 72 percent of respondents said they would benefit from receiving email reminders about topics covered in company trainings.

For more information and intriguing findings from the survey, please visit here

As part of the Bridge Retain launch, Ken Jennings, memory master and 74-time winner of Jeopardy!, is partnering with Bridge to offer a 10-minute microlearning opportunity and memory course.

In this open online class, learners gain practical tips from Jennings’ expertise for finding, learning and retaining the knowledge they need to be successful. Called “Retain: 7 Tricks for Becoming a Memory Mastermind,” the brief course also provides learners with opportunities to share their own favorite memory techniques and come away armed with an arsenal of ideas for retaining new information.

"It's so easy today to outsource our memories to the internet and rely on Google or Siri when we need information," said Jennings. "But that's why it's more important than ever to keep learning—so we don't lose that skill. I’m excited to share my tips on retaining and recalling information with thousands of Bridge learners. Maybe one of them will go on to break all my Jeopardy! records—you never know."

To take the “Retain: 7 Tricks for Becoming a Memory Mastermind” course, visit http://Retain.GetBridge.com. To learn more about Bridge Retain, please visit https://www.GetBridge.com.

ABOUT INSTRUCTURE

Instructure, Inc. is a leading software-as-a-service (SaaS) technology company that makes software that makes people smarter. With a vision to help maximize the potential of people through technology, Instructure created Canvas and Bridge to enable organizations everywhere to easily develop, deliver and manage engaging face-to-face and online learning experiences. To date, Instructure has connected millions of instructors and learners at more than 2,000 educational institutions and corporations throughout the world. Learn more about Canvas for higher ed and K–12, and Bridge for the corporate market, at www.Instructure.com.

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