518 Ukulele Learning: Exploring the Relationships Between Music and Learning

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Thursday, October 1

Instructional Design


There’s been a large amount of research in recent years exploring the value music has on the brain and learning. We’ve all experienced it in some way in our lives, be it from listening to music while learning or studying, learning something from a catchy song, or by learning to play an instrument.

In this session you will explore the many relationships between music and learning. You will examine and discuss how people learn to play an instrument—there will even be ukuleles available for some to participate hands-on—and what this might mean to learning in general. Using the introductory ukulele lesson as a framework, this fun session will help you explore the many ways that music impacts and enhances learning. (Ukuleles made available during this session will be donated to the Children’s Hospital of Nevada UMC after the conference.)

In this session, you will learn:

  • How music enhances learning
  • How people learn to play an instrument, and what that means to learning
  • How music might enhance your practices
  • How to play a ukulele!

Novice to advanced designers, developers, project managers, and managers.

Technology discussed in this session:

Ellen Wagner

Managing Partner

North Coast EduVisors

Ellen Wagner is an accomplished learning technology professional with career experiences in academic, commercial, and non-profit organizations. She has worked as a tenured professor and university administrator, was a founding ed tech entrepreneur, a senior executive of publicly traded software companies, a journal editor, and a board member of a number of start-up ed tech companies. Her areas of expertise include ed tech, emerging tech, change management, instructional systems design and learning engineering, and digital learning (online and eLearning).

Jane Bozarth

Director of Research

The Learning Guild

Jane Bozarth, the director of research for the Learning Guild, is a veteran classroom trainer who transitioned to eLearning in the late 1990s and has never looked back. In her previous job as leader of the State of North Carolina's award-winning eLearning program, Jane specialized in finding low-cost ways of providing online training solutions. She is the author of several books, including eLearning Solutions on a Shoestring, Social Media for Trainers, and Show Your Work: The Payoffs and How-To's of Working Out Loud. Jane holds a doctorate in training and development and was awarded the Guild Master Award in 2013 for her accomplishments and contributions to the eLearning community.

Shawn Rosler

Senior Instructional Designer

Office Practicum

Shawn Rosler has been an instructional designer, project manager, and developer of dynamic, interactive, and highly efficient eLearning and other instruction for over 20 years. He's a frequent contributor to industry-based publications, and he has presented to academic, medical, and corporate audiences on an expansive array of topics. From the basics of adult learning theory to the real-world application of converting instructor-led training to a computer or web base, he is an evangelist for trimming down processes while keeping them effective. 

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