Top 10 Reasons to Choose OttoLearn as Your Mastery & Retention Platform

10. We Practice What We Preach

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Would you be surprised to discover that many learning technology companies don’t use their own tools to train their employees? Should you have confidence in their tools if they don't?

We actually use OttoLearn agile microlearning to deliver our own daily knowledge retention training, giving our team firsthand experience. This translates to a better product and better experience for our clients.

9. We Engage Your Learners

Learner engagement is often cited as the number one problem in eLearning. If you want your learners to retain the training you’ve invested in providing them, you need them to participate in your retention strategy. Here’s what OttoLearn does to engage your learners:

We Obsess About Learner Efficiency

Efficiency to us means maximum retention in the shortest time possible. Our approach ensures that each learner spends time only on activities that are relevant to them. Through quick, two-minute Mastery Moments™, we’ll find and eliminate a learner’s knowledge gaps, and then ensure the knowledge is retained long-term.

We are Mobile-first and Desktop-friendly

Learners can access OttoLearn through our mobile app or any major browser on a phone, tablet or desktop.

8. We Eliminate Knowledge Gaps

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OttoLearn increases knowledge retention and ensures that learners master all of your content. By presenting activities targeted to each learner’s weak areas, and spacing the practice frequency through spaced repetition, we close knowledge gaps.

On average, learners in an OttoLearn knowledge retention campaign have less than a 2 percent knowledge gap by the time they reach their mastery goal.

After completing a traditional course, learners will often still have a 30 percent knowledge gap.

7. We Ensure Long-term Knowledge Retention

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We love science. Real science, the kind that involves actual studies and results that can be verified. That’s why OttoLearn uses nine aspects of cognitive science that have been proven to enhance long-term knowledge retention.

We calculate the probable forgetting curve for each content area for each learner. We use that to select activities for them — and we use spaced repetition and gamification to drive long-term knowledge retention and prevent forgetting.

6. We Provide On-demand Performance Support

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Soon, we will release our Knowledge Cards feature.

This on-demand performance support provides instant, searchable access to the information learners need — anywhere, anytime. It is the perfect complement to knowledge retention training.

OttoLearn will automatically track a learner’s searches and which cards they are accessing, allowing you to visualize how your knowledge cards are being used and how card access correlates to mastery.

5. We Simplify Content Creation

Creating content in OttoLearn is fast. You can deploy a solution within a few days of starting and easily add and update content anytime. You’ll know where your learners need more support and have that content out to them in less time than it would take to storyboard a conventional eLearning course.

Reduce your backlog and see results quickly. Get more value from your investment in training.

Your Content is Organized as a Knowledge Map.

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Instead of a linear format, you build content as a map of related knowledge. This provides you with a more natural way to organize your content and allows our algorithms to better understand each learner’s mastery of related knowledge.

You Can Leverage Instructional Scaffolding

You can scaffold your content so learners master knowledge in a particular sequence. This is great for first teaching definitions, then operations, and finally scenarios.

You Can Modify Content at Any Time

New content will automatically flow through to your learners.

We Automate and Simplify Multilingual Training

Instead of requiring you to have a separate course for each language, in OttoLearn every piece of content is multilingual. This is much easier for your training administrators. Plus, OttoLearn has built-in automatic translation for over 40 languages.

4. We Keep Track of Learners’ Progress, So You Don’t Have To

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Tracking completions and chasing learners takes a huge amount of administrative time. If you’re delivering annual training, you have to do the same work every year. In OttoLearn, there are no course completions to manage. You simply indicate what your learners need to know, and OttoLearn will have them master and retain the material. With OttoLearn, you’re focused on your learners achieving mastery — not just completing courses.

3. We Provide You with Visible, Audit-proof Results

Our analytics package provides you with visibility on learner engagement, mastery and the elimination of knowledge gaps. Through our advanced analytics suite, you can customize the analytics to include your own metrics and KPIs, providing you with the ideal tool to calculate ROI on your training program.

For compliance training, you can provide auditors with proof that your learners have truly mastered 100 percent of the content.

2. We Integrate With Your Existing Systems

Soon, you’ll be able to easily add OttoLearn’s knowledge retention capability to any LMS by importing it as a SCORM module. Your learners will be able to launch OttoLearn like any other course, and their progress toward mastery will be sent back to your LMS.

We are Open

OttoLearn’s entire infrastructure is built on a completely open API. This means you can integrate OttoLearn with your own systems, or even build your own learner or administrative applications. You have access to everything we can access.

1. We’re Affordable

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Any tool you use for training has to be affordable and fit within your training budget; OttoLearn does that. We offer two pricing plans — one based on a fixed number of users, the other based on usage across an unlimited number of users.

If you have a small or fixed number of users, our user-based plans are a great fit, and provide you with cost certainty. However, if you have a large or variable number of users, then our usage-based plans will reduce your costs even further.

Are you based in an emerging economy? If so, we'll make OttoLearn available at a reduced cost. Ask for details.

Ready to take a deeper look at OttoLearn?

So, there you have it. Our Top 10 reasons why we think you should select OttoLearn as your knowledge retention and microlearning platform. We’d love to know which ones matter most to you.

Let’s discuss them in a 1:1 call — no obligation — and we’ll show you how OttoLearn can help your team retain their training. Set up a meeting with one of our Microlearning Experts at the time that works best for you.

We're eager to learn more about the challenges you’re trying to solve and share how we can help.

  • For learning content to enter and remain in a learner’s long-term memory, the learner needs multiple exposures to the content. Long-term encoding “needs opportunities for rehearsal and repetition,” Jan Breckwoldt et al. wrote in a study on mass vs. spaced learning.
  • Repeated exposures alone are not as helpful as spaced repetitions that ask learners to recall and apply information — and especially when learners have to use that information in different ways, many studies have found (for example Rohrer, Lin et al., and Bjork and Bjork).
  • The ability to remember information depends on the number of times a learner encounters it and the interval between repetitions, according to Tabibian et al.



Access to knowledge or performance support tools

Achieving a worthwhile or meaningful goal

Achieving a reward — a grade, a badge, points, a prize

Receiving an unexpected reward

Contributing to improving a project or a product

Wanting to be perceived as a team player, wanting to be liked

Improving performance or effectiveness relative to own past performance

Improving performance or effectiveness relative to coworkers; “winning” or being the best

Knowing enough to avoid making mistakes and do better work

Losing status or levels within a gamified framework as the result of making a mistake

Feeling of completing a task, accomplishing a goal, finishing a project

Doing the “right” thing — following rules or norms, being ethical

  1. Is the corporation’s compliance training program well designed?

    Prosecutors will look at whether the training is designed to prevent and detect wrongdoing and whether management is enforcing the program by means of training, incentives and discipline.

  2. Is the program being applied earnestly and in good faith? In other words, is the program being implemented effectively?

    Prosecutors are expected to directly investigate whether a program is merely a “paper program” or a sincere effort. Evidence of a company-wide commitment to ethics and compliance, promoted by senior and middle management, is needed.

  3. Does the corporation’s compliance training program work in practice?

    Good intentions and training don’t count if they don’t work; in assessing whether the program “works in practice,” prosecutors will look at how the suspected misconduct was detected, what the company’s investigation process is and how the company is trying to correct the problem.

Microlearning delivers small, narrowly focused bits of information.

Adaptive microlearning tailors that content to each learner’s knowledge gaps and learning goals, ensuring the training is relevant.

Continuous adaptive microlearning conditions each learner to engage with relevant training every day — for just a few minutes.

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When people have a question or don’t know how to do something, what do they do?

Whip out a smartphone and look for information. What they don’t do is sign up for a 1-hour seminar.

Microlearning brings corporate eLearning into the modern paradigm. Microlearning describes eLearning content that is:

  • Narrowly focused
  • Short
  • Available on demand
  • Mobile-first or mobile-friendly

It must answer a question, meet an immediate need, or help the learner solve a problem.

In the City of BigTown, there was held a conference,
One of training professionals — those making a difference.
A difference to company ROI by delivering training,
From many perspectives — like Manufacturing.
And, too, there were call centers, colleges, corporate sectors,
Each chiming in about outcomes and metrics.
All shipped their training through an LMS platform,
But were desperately seeking true training reform.


One was Antonio, who hated the manuals —
For his product revisions and updates, they were annual.
Plus his printing costs? Oh, they were crazy!
And he truly believed that franchisors were hazy.

None knew how to train in an effective way,
"There’s too much to read, to do!” they’d all say.
For there were many levels of training to assign,
From the top at head office, down to those on the front-line.

Trainers Helen and Abinash nodded, “We agree!”
Said Feng, "Paper and handbooks? Just another dead tree.
On the job, not everyone will have the info they need,
Because the content changes and updates they never did read.
They never learned the content added along the way
That may apply to their region or division today.
Plus, in the field with team members in many locations,
Mobile-first training would make a stronger foundation!

Said Sales trainer Jane of her PDFs stored online,
“They’re rarely revisited after onboarding time.
I need content delivered in snack-sized bites,
And the ability to test them until they get it right.”
chimed in, "Onboarding’s a pain for new hires,
With most feeling like their hair is on fire!
Plus, promoted reps must refresh what they know
To be properly prepared to perform their new role."

"I deal with compliance," sighed Manal the Banker.
Abinash nodded, Frank turned to thank her,
For she’d raised the ugliest concern of them all —
That certifications aren’t based on year-long recall.
“To maintain the standards and follow each rule,
We need more than one test that comes out of the blue.
When it comes to things like health & safety, it's a game-changer
Because if their training is lacking, they could be in danger.”


Continuing he asked, “Could training be location-specific?
As learners move through the plant, alerts would be terrific!”
Helen asked who used traditional classroom training
Combined with online to keep interest from waning.
Did they have workshops, seminars, or events,
The kind that take workers away from their desk?
"They learn at that moment, then likely forget —
is there a way to get long-term retainment?”

Rachel had been quiet, she’d said not a word,
When suddenly she leaned in so her voice would be heard.
"We solved these concerns after ditching binders and books —
We use daily drip training and our learners are hooked!
When we update our content, it gets to them faster,
And metrics and KPIs reveal the content 'masters.'
We use OttoLearn for microlearning and we’ve been thrilled,
for all of our training needs — and more — are fulfilled."

So ends our tale of the nine trainers complaining
about the problems they had delivering training.
Training that mattered, with metrics and firm ROI,
Based on data analysis of prime KPIs.
Many problems they shared, with no clear resolution,
Found Agile Microlearning with Otto was the solution!
Microlearning both adaptive and agile saved them from disaster,
Making trainers and trainees learn happily ever after!

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Content Studio

  • Combining the question and activity tabs
  • New WYSIWYG editor which is “inline” with the text
  • Ability to include media (images, video, audio) within activities (question, answers and feedback)
  • Icons to indicate correct answer, position locking, whether or not the answer is visible to learners (active), and override feedback

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  • Super easy to understand
  • Very predictable cost, if you have a specific number of users (eg: employees)
  • Doesn’t differentiate between users that have different volumes.
  • Have to purchase seats for your maximum number of users.‍

Active Users
(Typically the number of users that log in during a month)

  • You don’t need a license for every specific user, you can often only license half of your users (since perhaps only half ever log in during a month)
  • Typically there is a large cost for going over your licensed number of users, which can be incredibly expensive (eg: 5-10x more than your licensed cost)
  • You often have to “play games” as an administrator, not wanting to do a mass course enrollment if you have only have your users licensed in a month


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Why It Matters

Adaptive Learning

An algorithm determines each learner’s knowledge gaps and feeds them practice activities to close those gaps.

Efficiency. Learners learn the material faster because they spend less time on what they already know.

Personalized Learning

Learners can follow a scaffolded learner path or self-direct their learning.

Learners are inquisitive. We all Google for information when we need it, so why lock learners into a particular learning path?

Learners engage the most when they are allowed to deviate from a set path and explore available content.

At the end of the day, as long as each learner reaches their mastery goal, the particular path they took to reach there is unimportant.


Delivering content to the learner in smaller chunks.

Chunking content is important only if it is paired with the ability to search for and find specific content chunks “on demand” and the ability to consume just the chunks a learner needs. With these features, training doubles as a performance support.

Learning Experience (LX) Design

Using science and art to create experiences that help learners fulfill the learning outcomes they desire, in a user-centered and goal-directed way.1

Have you used Google? If so, then you have benefitted from Experience Design (XD): When you search for something, you rarely have to go past the first result.

With good XD, you don’t think about the design;  it “just works.”

With poor XD, your learners will disengage. They’ll say they “don’t have time.” What they are really saying is that they “don’t have time for the poor experience.”

Artificial Intelligence

Typically, when used in relation to L&D, AI actually means “machine learning.”

Machine learning algorithms learn from data and “get smarter” over time.

Have you used Netflix or Amazon recommendations? They are based on machine learning.

The algorithms look at a ton of data, including your past choices and choices made by others who are similar to you, to make predictions as to what you will want to watch or buy.

In L&D, machine learning principles are being integrated in much the same way: to provide recommended content for a learner to consume.

This reduces the burden on training administrators to try to predict or guess what is relevant for each learner. It also provides a more personalized experience for each learner.

Imagine that you are a salesperson, and your training mix subtly and automatically shifts, based on the nature of opportunities in your sales pipeline. You are offered training only on available products that you have not already mastered. That would be a training program that is driven by machine learning.

Learning Analytics

An algorithm determines each learner’s knowledge gaps and feeds them practice activities to close those gaps.

Use learning analytics to make better decisions by converting data into insights.
The true value is not just in providing more data, more charts, and more graphs. The value is in leveraging AI to search for and surface insights that you’d never think to look for.

Combine the analytics from learners’ performance with key KPIs for the outcomes you desire, and have the analytics engine generate predictions such as, “Learners who reach mastery in the Objection Handling module will close 3.4 percent more deals.”

Now that’s actionable intel.


14% of organizations are experimenting with artificial intelligence tools such as machine learning and live chat (up from 6% in 2016)
30% of organizations are using games and simulations (up from 20% in 2016)
Fastest growth segments include continuous learning, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality (AR)
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Hi Josh,

About a week before I began getting my Ottolearn Mastery Moments, I had a popup window from Adobe appear on my screen as I was working on another project, prompting me to update my version of Flash. We do use Flash, so like an idiot, I clicked on the popup and asked it to start the update—and only then noticed that the url was not an adobe address. Of course, I closed the popup window using the X in the upper corner, which didn’t solve anything. Our IT guys did the best they could for me, but my computer is still compromised, and is being replaced.

Fast forward to Ottolearn and your Online Security for Employees course. After completing several mastery moments, I have now learned what to do with popups like that. This morning, as I restarted my computer again, that same Adobe popup appeared and this time I was ready! I opened task manager and killed that little $%^&^ dead in its tracks.

I know the point of letting us try out OttoLearn as participants was for us to experience the power of this platform from the learner’s point of view. I can tell you that I personally am very grateful for the training you provided to me, and the fact that I was able to let others in my company know how to kill off those nasty virus-carrying popups. Yes, it works. Yes, it’s fun! And yes, I have a true feeling of accomplishment.

I can’t wait for the point at which we can talk more about developing courses for our clients.

Thank you!




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Retrieval practice is the key to retention.

Your brain wants to be as efficient as possible. Why would it try to encode information for long term storage if it thinks you don’t need it? You need to actually practice retrieving memories (information) in order to have your brain store it in long-term memory.

Spaced retrieval radically improves learning efficiency.

You not only need to practice retrieving information from memory, but you need to wait until you’re on the edge of forgetting it. This is why cramming is so ineffective at generating long-term retention.

Interleaved learning feels strange at first, but dramatically improves retention and skill.

Interleaved learning—mixing up material while learning and practicing, such as mixing up practice activities while learning WHMIS and supervisory skills, will improve your retention of both.





  • Cost predictability. Each seat costs you $x/month
  • Typically more expensive than a usage-based license


  • Typically less expensive than a seats license
  • Cost variability tempered by pre-purchasing usage credits that never expire and consume them over time

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  • Best possible quadrant for engagement 
  • Will overcome learning obstacles
  • Will find a way to learn, even if materials are poor  
  • Won’t need nudging or incentives
  • Text is great
  • Can easily learn something
  • May need to work up the energy to engage in low quality materials  
  • May procrastinate, so incentives can help motivate.
  • Text is great


  • Wants to learn
  • Has little experience so can benefit from more instructional quality
  • Greatest benefit of video and other rich media
  • Worst possible quadrant  
  • May not have experience in the topic
  • May not really care about it
  • Will require a lot of motivation to see engagement
  • Video can help



Perceived Relevance

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