Sharing What Works

March 22 – 24, 2017 Orlando, FL

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LS805 Panel: What’s Wrong with Evaluation?

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Thursday, March 23

Data and Measurement

Palm 3

Most eLearning designers and developers are starved for information about the efficacy of their solutions. Many of the existing models for evaluation and measurement aren’t easy enough to implement; and when they are implemented, they aren’t providing quality data.

In this session, you’ll learn more about why evaluation isn’t as effective as you want it to be and what you can do to improve it. This panel of experts and practitioners will look at the shortcomings of current evaluation models, discuss practical alternatives and solutions that can work right now, and debate what L&D professionals can look to do differently in the future.

In this session, you will learn:

  • Why evaluation is so difficult right now
  • What methods can be applied immediately to improve the feedback loop
  • About evaluation options provided by new technologies and new methodologies

Novice to intermediate designers, managers, directors, and senior leaders (VP, CLO, executive, etc.).

JD Dillon (Host)

Chief Learning Architect


JD Dillon is one of the most prolific authors and speakers in workplace learning. With his practical approach, JD helps organizations apply modern learning principles and achieve measurable results through employee development. For 20 years, JD has worked in operations and talent development in some of the world's most dynamic organizations, including Disney, Kaplan, Brambles and AMC. He is the founder of LearnGeek, an insight and advising group. JD is also chief learning architect with Axonify, where he provides guidance on technology development, service enablement and marketing strategy. You can find JD online via Twitter @JD_Dillon or at

Will Thalheimer


Work-Learning Research

Will Thalheimer, the president of Work-Learning Research, is a consultant and research translator, providing organizations with services including smile-sheet rebuilds and research benchmarking. Will regularly shares his work and research through keynotes, free reports, workshops, and blog posts. Will is the compiler of the Decisive Dozen, author of the award-winning book Performance-Focused Smile Sheets, a co-author of the Serious eLearning Manifesto, and a founder of the Debunker Club.

Julie Dirksen

Learning Strategist

Usable Learning

Julie Dirksen, a learning strategist with Usable Learning, is a consultant and instructional designer with more than 15 years’ experience creating highly interactive eLearning experiences for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to technology startups to grant-funded research initiatives. She’s interested in using neuroscience, change management, and persuasive technology to promote sustainable long-term learning and behavior change. Her MS degree in instructional systems technology is from Indiana University, and she’s been an adjunct faculty member at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She is the author of Design For How People Learn.

Steve Foreman


InfoMedia Designs

Steve Foreman is the author of The LMS Guidebook and president of InfoMedia Designs, a provider of eLearning infrastructure consulting services and technology solutions to large companies, academic institutions, professional associations, government, and military. Steve works with forward-looking organizations to find new and effective ways to apply computer technology to support human performance. His work includes enterprise learning strategy, learning and performance ecosystem solutions, LMS selection and implementation, learning-technology architecture and integration, expert-knowledge harvesting, knowledge management, and innovative performance-centered solutions that blend working and learning.

Megan Torrance



Megan Torrance is CEO and founder of TorranceLearning, which helps organizations connect learning strategy to design, development, data, and ultimately performance. Megan has over 25 years of experience in learning design, deployment, and consulting. Megan and the TorranceLearning team are passionate about sharing what works in learning, so they devote considerable time to teaching and sharing about agile project management for learning experience design and, of course, the Experience API (xAPI). TorranceLearning hosts the xAPI Learning Cohort, a free, virtual 12-week learning-by-doing opportunity where teams form on the fly and create proof-of-concept xAPI projects.

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