Always looking for ways to make their training more effective and efficient, Booz Allen Hamilton tapped Cerego to help boost retention and reduce training time for two US Army courses and roughly 100 soldiers. And the results were, in a word, definitive.
Testing for success
Booz Allen decided to test Cerego versus control groups in two one-week courses, in order to examine the difference that using Cerego's adaptive learning platform might make for outcomes both at the end of the course, and for follow-up six weeks after course completion. The courses covered mine detection (Minehound Handheld Mine Detector) and intel support (Company Intel Support Team or 'COIST')—two disparate fields with distinct training methods.
In both cases, the soldiers who used Cerego significantly outperformed the control groups not only on post-tests a week after course completion, but also on follow-up tests six weeks later. For the COIST course, Cerego users outscored their counterparts by 15% on the week-one post-tests—and that gap ballooned to 23% better scores on the week-six post-tests, where the results showed that Cerego users retained greater than 50% more of their training (70.4% versus 46.8%).
This, while also saving between 33-48% in training time (the COIST learners using Cerego studied an average of 17 hours versus 30 hours for non-Cerego users, and the Minehound learners completed their training in eight hours versus 12 hours).
Easy to implement and use
With performance improvements across the board, it's easy to see why both learners and instructors might prefer Cerego—and the data reflect that, too. 94% of soldiers using Cerego said they felt their training was more efficient and improved their knowledge, and 100% (yes, all) of the instructors using Cerego said they would like to use Cerego for future training.
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