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DevLearn 2018 Conference & Expo - October 26, 2018

Clark Quinn

Executive Director

Too much of instructional design is about what to do, rather than why. And there’s the small problem that when push comes to shove—when the answers aren’t obvious, or when recommendations collide—you need a basis for deciding. That basis is a deeper understanding of the cognitive science behind learning. It’s not rocket science, but it is more complex than “post content and ask quiz questions.”

In this interactive session, you’ll find out about the basis of learning science from the neural level on up. You’ll explore the mechanisms that underpin effective learning, as well as the implications. You’ll also look at the myths and superstitions that pervade L&D yet lead to wrong predictions, empty promises, and ultimately wasted money. You’ll explore when and why scenarios and simulations make sense, learn how to write better quiz questions, and unpack terms like microlearning and retrieval practice. You’ll leave with a basis to refine your own practices and evaluate new proposals. Come get the underpinnings of being a professional.

In this session, you will learn:

  • The simple neural picture
  • How learning works
  • What hinders learning
  • About science-based learning strategies


Designers, managers, and senior leaders (directors, VP, CLO, executive, etc.).


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