709 The Neuroscience of Design for Virtual Learning

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Friday, November 18

Instructional Design


Employees at a global technology giant were enrolling in a popular performance improvement workshop at a rapid clip. The learning activities and exercises were interactive, hands-on, and practical. But wait lists were long, mostly because capacity was limited by the delivery format: two days of face-to-face instructor-led training. The challenge: to scale enrollments while reducing costs, without sacrificing learner engagement. The solution: a brain-friendly virtual learning environment and experience.

In this session, you will hear the story of learning solutions architects and instructional designers who transposed this location-bound workshop to a live, virtual, web-based delivery platform. You will see how their redesign allowed for more course offerings, lower costs, and improvements to learner interaction and engagement. You will learn how they used the latest research from the neuroscience of learning design to accomplish four key design objectives: maximize learner attention and focus on activities and outcomes; induce learner-generated meaning, associations, and insights; stimulate emotional connections to the learning through positive social pressure; and encode new learning in long-term memory through spaced repetition.

In this session, you will learn:

  • Four key principles of the neuroscience of learning
  • How to maintain learner attention and focus in a virtual learning environment
  • How to stimulate learner-generated meaning and insights
  • How to design for emotional commitment to the learning through positive social pressure
  • How to use spaced repetition effectively to encode learning to long-term memory

Novice, intermediate, and advanced designers, developers, project managers, managers, and directors.

Technology discussed in this session:
WebEx, Adobe Connect, and Citrix.

Joe Pulichino

Principal Consultant

Athena Learning Solutions

Dr. Joe Pulichino is principal consultant at Athena Learning Solutions. Joe has been a leader in the field of learning and development for over 40 years. His expertise covers compliance & ethics; leadership development; sales and technical training; human capital and talent management; and training assessment and evaluation. He holds an EdD in education technology from Pepperdine University. He is the author of the LinkedIn Learning courses Brain-based eLearning Design and Instructional Design Essentials. Formerly research director at The eLearning Guild, Joe has published widely in business and academic journals and has presented his research at many industry conferences.

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