Developing Hype Resistance: Learning Science and Professional Practice

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Learning Solutions Conference & Expo 2019 - March 27, 2019

Clark Quinn

Executive Director

As an L&D professional, your responsibility is to practice based on sound empirical data. Yet too often practices are based on myths, superstitions, misconceptions, and hype. You’ve heard the claims: “scientifically based,” “addresses the modern learner,” and “this is the future of learning” are just a few of them. And this matters; you not only could be wasting time and money, but actually undermining your own objectives! How do you cut through the fog and find the real value?

This irreverent session hones a sharp knife to cut through the hyperbole. You’ll start with an overview of learning science with an eye on what it means for designing instruction, as a basis to evaluate claims. Then you’ll discover how that model cuts through a representative sample of the things you should be worrying about. Finally, you’ll gain resources to help you bolster your claims and learn how to talk to those stakeholders who don’t want to change. It’s past time to start practicing like professionals. Come get the basis to improve your designs and resist distractions.

In this session, you will learn:

  • About the basics of cognition and learning science
  • How to check claims
  • How to query claimants
  • How to deal with the believers


Designers and managers

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