Host: Rachel Cooke, COO, Brandon Hall Group

Guest: Bryan Austin, Vice President of Learning Innovation, mLevel brain-951874_1920

In this episode, we discuss current research on how the brain works and its effects on learning. Bryan Austin, VP of Learning Innovation at mLevel, joins us to share fascinating research on Neuroscience and Learning Effectiveness. We talked about the A.G.E.S. model, a result of a decade of neuroscience research, which represents the critical components of brain science that drive great learning ability and talent development.   

A.G.E.S. refers to:

  • Attention
  • Generation
  • Emotions
  • Spacing

During our podcast, we examine each element of the A.G.E.S. model to help you decipher or decode what triggers people to learn quicker, and absorb meaningful information that can contribute to greater performance.

We address the following:

  • The relationship between the A.G.E.S. model and employee performance
  • Techniques that are helpful with Attention (Focus)
  • Habits you can create to help with Generation to improve your learning ability – active learning where the learner creates meaning by doing
  • The importance of emotions, human connections, and social interactions that enable the student to recall better
  • Determine the best time and spacing between learning for greater effectiveness

Bryan has been a leader in the corporate learning industry for over 25 years. He was a member of the leadership teams for Skillsoft, NETg, Kaplan Financial, and Achieve-Global, among others. Bryan founded Game On! Learning in early 2012. A pioneer in the rapidly emerging game-based and mobile learning space, Bryan joined mLevel as Vice President of Learning Innovation in the fall of 2015.

To listen to our interview, you can download the podcast anytime at the HCMx Radio site.

               –Rachel Cooke, Chief Operating Officer, Brandon Hall Group



Rachel Cooke

Chief Operating Officer Rachel Cooke Rachel is responsible for business operations including overseeing client services, research events and project management. Prior to joining Brandon Hall Group, Rachel was the Chief Operating Officer Co-founder of AC Growth. Rachel has over 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, business development, and sales performance management. Prior to AC Growth, she held several senior management roles and was on the leadership team at Bersin & Associates, a pioneer analyst firm in e-learning and now industry leading HR and talent Research Company. In her Senior Director role, Rachel developed the strategy and led the commercial execution of the solution provider vertical, and grew the vertical into the company’s largest market segment. In her role as Director of Sales, Rachel developed and led a team of senior account executives focused on acquiring global strategic accounts. Rachel was solely responsible for developing key business relationships with over ninety companies including industry icons, such as: Adidas, Hewlett-Packard, Toyota, Oracle, Starbucks, Avnet, Boeing, Kaiser Permanente, Safeway Inc., Wells Fargo, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Clorox and Affiliated Computer Services. Rachel began her career in the banking, media and hospitality industries. In these industries, Rachel held several key senior management and executive sales positions. Rachel received a BA in social science and interdisciplinary studies with honors from Florida Atlantic University. Rachel continued her postgraduate education by completing a series of executive management education courses from American Management Association.