311 Making Your Instruction Learnable

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Wednesday, November 16

Instructional Design


Designers, developers, trainers, instructors, content experts, and others too often design and build instruction in ways that interfere with how adults learn. The result is less-than-optimal learning that can lead to a chain reaction of disengagement in learning materials and limited, if any, performance improvement.

In this session, you will learn specific evidence-based practices and tactics that make instructional materials more “learnable” and promote learning. Explore the numerous factors that enable and increase learning through formal methods and materials, where they are often lacking, and how to improve them. You will be able to apply these practices and tactics to specific learning situations in order to learn to use them effectively in your own efforts.

In this session, you will learn:

  • What learnability is and how it helps adults learn
  • How to use readability scores to help make content easier to use
  • About the tasks and realities of learning
  • How to apply multiple learnability tactics to learning situations

Intermediate and advanced designers and managers.

Patti Shank


Learning Peaks

Patti Shank, the president of Learning Peaks, is an internationally known learning expert, researcher, author, and writer who has been named one of the 10 most influential people in eLearning internationally. She is the author, co-author, or editor of numerous books. Patti was the research director for The eLearning Guild and an award-winning contributing editor for Online Learning Magazine, and her articles are found in the ATD Science of Learning and Senior Leaders Blogs and elsewhere.

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